What is No Mow May and why is a garden wholesaler business asking you to keep your mower in the shed this month? especially when it is a well-known fact that grass and flowers grow quickly during Spring and Summer, and as gardeners know, for a lush grass lawn regularly mowing is essential.
It’s for a good cause that’s why – if you can stay away from the lawnmower for the whole of May, not only will you be inviting wildlife into your garden you could help contribute to Plantlife’s annual ‘Every Flower Counts’ survey.
To join you simply need to count the number of flowers in a random square metre of your lawn, it really is that simple, see how you can take part https://www.plantlife.org.uk/everyflowercounts/
Why is this annual activity taking place? Put quite simply, plants need pollinators and pollinators need plants. However, we know that both are in sharp decline.
Dr Trevor Dines, who created the survey explains:
- On a single day in summer, one acre of wildflower meadow can contain 3 million flowers, producing 1 kg of nectar sugar. That’s enough to support nearly 96,000 honey bees per day.
- But since the 1930s, we have lost nearly 7.5 million acres of flower-rich meadows and pastures. Just 1% of our countryside now provides this floral feast for pollinators.
- Against this loss, habitats such as lawns have become increasingly important. With 15 million gardens in Britain, our lawns have the potential to become major sources of nectar.
- But no one has ever quantified this resource before. This is what Every Flower Counts aims to do: work out how many flowers are on our lawns, how much nectar they’re producing and how many bees they can support through the calculation of our annual National Nectar Score.
However, when it is time to bring your mower out of the shed in June, you may still want to encourage wild-life and flowers into your garden, and you can, if you mow the lawn in the middle and leave a longer edge border of grass and wild-flowers you will have the best of both worlds,
Finally, if it is time to purchase a new lawnmower and you are not sure which power source is right for you – cordless, electric, petrol or push, why not read one of our previous blogs here https://webbgardenpower.co.uk/2020/01/11/cordless-electric-petrol-or-push/