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.
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There aren’t just more flowers, there’s a wider variety of flowers when you let the grass grow.
The Every Flower Counts study found that areas of longer unmown grass were “more diverse in their range of flowers, with other nectar-rich plants like oxeye daisy, field scabious and knapweed increasing the range of nectar sources for different pollinators and extending nectar availability into late summer.”
You should learn to love these plants rather than see them as common weeds because they really support wildlife and are beautiful in their own way.
Still not convinced? Here’s why you shouldn’t get rid of dandelions.
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.