Mowing is essential for a healthy lawn, a process that encourages grass to grow thicker and blocks out weeds. However, in the month of May, gardeners are being asked not to mow their lawn in a bid to help vital wildlife.
Plantlife, a British conservation charity, launches its “No Mow May” campaign every year in a bid to help bees, butterflies and other wildlife across the UK.
According to Plantlife, the campaign No Mow May campaign “doesn’t ask you to do much.
“In fact, it asks you to not do anything at all. Just lock up your lawnmower on May 1 and let the wildflowers in your lawn bloom, providing a feast of nectar for our hungry pollinators.”
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How does No Mow May help wildlife?
The impetus behind No Mow May is to give pollinators, like bees, more time to undertake their work.
The mow-free period allows more flowers to grow so pollinators can collect more nectar.
Postponing your mowing session until June can help plants create enough nectar for up to 10 times more beers and other pollinators.
Pollinators are essential for our crops and in fact, almost 90 percent of wild plants and 75 percent of leading global crops depend on animal pollination, according to WWF UK.
Furthermore, one out of every three mouthfuls of our food depends on pollinators.
Crops that depend on pollination are five times more valuable than those that do not.
Unfortunately, according to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS): “There is evidence that populations of bees and other pollinators are less healthy and abundant than they have been.
“If action is not taken, pollinator declines will have serious implications for biodiversity, food production and the ornamental garden.”