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Lawns form the heart of most gardens. Most lawns are made up from intricate mixes of grass varieties. But from a pollinator perspective lawns are a monoculture and although some grasses are larval plants for some moth species and grass does make pollen, grasses are wind-pollinated and not ideal food plants for most insects. However, the other plants that grow within a lawn, that you might detest, or class as weeds, are actually vital early spring food plants for our pollinator pals.
Hasn’t it been lovely to enjoy the longer days, especially when we wake up to blue sky and sunshine! It’s easy to lose a few hours when we get into the garden, I always do! There’s nothing better to be either up early, ‘the crack of sparrows’ as my aunt says, or pop out for a stroll in the evening inhaling the beautiful fragrances. A fresh dewy morning or a warm evening with blossom and freshly cut grass, it’s so good for the soul! Whenever you spend time in your outdoor space, try and take time to pause, life is too busy and it is so easy to not take time for yourself.
Many people still enjoy the effect of “stripes” on a lawn following a grass cut and all of my customers are no exception - Simon James.
Next time you reach for the strimmer to cut back long grass or areas of the garden which have grown a bit wild, take just a few extra minutes to make sure you’re not going to be disturbing sleeping wildlife, in particular hedgehogs.
The latter part of March and all of April were especially dry this year and we all started to worry about our gardens. So, what a change May brought with an abundance of rain, making it one of the wettest for years! Let’s hope we can rely on ‘flaming June’ to redress the balance and kickstart our summer!
Let’s look at our garden tasks for June: