BBC Breakfast: Expert outlines how to do No Mow May
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In summer, people end up mowing their lawns on a weekly basis, but the Plant Life charity is asking Brits to stop cutting the grass in order to help bees, butterflies, wildlife and humans. But how exactly does long grass help our environment? Express.co.uk reveals the 3 benefits of growing your lawn in May as part of our Green Britain campaign.
We all go on about being animal lovers but did you know that cutting your lawn is harmful to the animal population.
In particular, bees, butterflies, moths, hedgehogs, frogs, toads, newts, creepy crawlies, dragonflies, damselflies, and birds need longer grass to thrive.
Not mowing your grass for a month will increase the abundance and diversity of bees, which we need to pollinate and produce more flowers.
Research undertaken by citizen scientists across the UK who have taken part in Plantlife’s Every Flower Counts – the largest-ever survey of lawns – reveals that simple changes in mowing habits can result in enough nectar for ten times more bees and other pollinators.
In fact, the study found that 80 percent of lawns support around 400 bees a day from the nectar sugar produced by common flowers such as dandelions, but 20 percent of lawns supported 10 times as many.
These “super lawns” were only cut once every four weeks.
The reason why No Mow May supports bees is that not cutting your grass for a month means more flowers will grow.
In the Every Flower Counts study, the highest production of flowers and nectar sugar was on lawns cut once every four weeks.
Letting your grass grow naturally for four weeks or more gives ‘short-grass’ plants like daisies and white clover a chance to flower in profusion.
This in turn boosts nectar production tenfold and allows 10 times the amount of bees to live off them.
Gives the lawnmower a rest
Using your lawnmower less means you can relax and enjoy your garden in other ways when you would be mowing.
You’ll also save yourself lots of time (depending on how big your garden is) walking up and down the garden every week.
Most mowers use gas to run, and buying gas over and over can add up and become quite costly.
Do you use fertiliser on your grass? Well, you’ll end up using much less of this too and saving yourself a few quid while you’re at it.
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