No Mow May

No Mow May

What is No Mow May?

Well its pretty self explanatory,  all i'm asking is that you do not mow your lawn for the month of May! 

Easy right? 

Join me and many other gardeners in doing absolutely nothing!

But Why? 

Quite simply because plants need pollinators and pollinators need plants!

However unfortunately both are in short decline!

       Since the 1930’s we have lost nearly 7.5 million acres of flower rich meadows!

       Just 1% of our countryside now provides this vital nectar to our pollinators.

With this loss in mind our lawns are more important than ever and with 15 million gardens in Britain, our gardens have the potential to become major sources of nectar!

And that's why i have joined Plantlife’s #NoMowMay campaign

My own front garden is already on its way to becoming a wildflower meadow and I highly encourage you all to do the same, not mowing is not just for may!

As part of No Mow May Plantlife are also carrying out an Every Flower Counts survey, this aims to work out how many flowers are in our lawns, how much nectar we are producing and how many bees we can support from our very own gardens!

I absolutely love the idea of knowing how many bees have been helped with my garden!

I'd love it if you could all share your nectar score with me!

It will also enable them to monitor trends over time and see if we can have a positive impact on nectar production.

On a summer day a single acre of wildflower meadow can produce 1kg of nectar! That's enough to support nearly 96,000 honey bees per day!

But why do we love bees so much!

Firstly it’s not just bees that are great pollinators, the Uk has at least 1500 species of insect pollinators including bees, hoverflies, wasps, butterflies and moths!

But its the bees in huge decline and the bees we seem to notice most, and we really do rely on their hard work for much of what we eat. They pollinate the flowers that produce our fruit, nuts and seeds. Bees are vital to the production of our food crops. We need bees to keep the health of our ecosystem so we really need to give them the biggest chance possible to survive!


What else can I do to help the pollinators?

Leave wild corners of your garden for the wildflowers to grow all year round. 

Grow more flowers! 

Choose plants that bloom at different times to provide nectar all year round.

Mix it up! different pollinators are attracted to different coloured flowers 

Plant herbs, and let them flower, many pollinators love herbs and you can eat them too!

Provide water, in my garden i have several shallow saucers with marbles in, for the bees to have a little drink.

Don't use pesticides! 

(These things are so poisonous to the environment and  should not ever be used)

Build bee boxes and bug houses from things around your garden.

 A simple bee box can be made by stuffing a clean tin can with bamboo canes, different bees will nest in the different size holes.

 There are hundreds of ideas for bug houses on pinterest and most are simple and free to make.

And that concludes my thoughts for Now Mow May, i'd love it if you shared your nectar count at the end of the month, and it’d be great to see pics of you beautiful unmown wildflowers. 

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