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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.
We are well and truly into spring, what a gorgeous time of year. I can’t believe Summer will officially start next month! From mid-May those pesky frosts will have passed so we can relax a little. Do keep an eye on the weather forecast though, in case we get a late frost. Be ready with some newspaper or horticultural fleece. It can be soul destroying to find you have been caught out, seeing all the hard work and love you have put into growing your plants end up on the compost heap!
Welcome to Spring! Looking at the forecast for the month ahead, we may well be in for a heatwave! We were treated to some beautiful warm weather in March, then back to the usual typical weather we are used to, digging out our winter coats once again! So, fingers crossed!!
When I was writing last month’s blog, I had hoped we could all get out into our gardens again and start our hands-on gardening year. What a time we have had with the weather! There will be extra jobs to be taken care of now, such as repairing or replacing fences, glazing in the greenhouse may need replacing; you may have needed a tree surgeon too. Devastating for some with the damage caused and the flooding in some areas. Let’s hope March brings a better more settled month. As the weeks pass, we can look forward to those days ahead sitting out in our gardens, enjoying all the hard work we have put in over the winter months.
Kate & Paul @thebungalow_reno are an impressive young couple who are in the process of renovating their second, yes second bungalow! This included tackling the large garden that was in great need of some love and attention. Kate & Paul put Mountfield's Freedom 500 battery-powered range of garden tools through their paces and here are the results!
We have had some cold frosty days of late, the gardener within is longing to get out into the garden and get started!
January is a great time for getting the garden in shape for a busy spring:
November is a good time for contemplation. Take a good luck at your lawns. Happy with them? If not, look at an action plan for next year in terms of what needs doing and when.
There are some good companies operating nationally who will come and renovate your lawn and carry out all maintenance leaving you to do just the mowing to do!