Mowing regimes are well underway in the garden now, although this hot dry spring followed by this wet spell will have upset most routines. Perhaps it is worth considering a ’no mow’ regime instead, the benefits are many – less work for a start, but more important is the benefit to wildlife. A beautifully mown lawn is a joy to behold but is a wildlife desert, whereas areas of unmown grass will support many insect species.
These areas need not be large; we can’t all have large flowering meadows as part of our grand estate! However they can be attractive, I have an area of front garden that is difficult to utilise and have mown a spiral in the long grass. Many wild flowers have flourished and I have added a few plugs to help it along. I was very lucky last year when bee orchids made an appearance – if I had been mowing the whole area they would never have appeared.