The bee population has experienced a drastic decline in count endangering its sole survival, which is really bad for us and the whole planet. Bees are the natural pollinators of 30% of our crops thus providing us with food on our table. Plus, many ecosystems depend on their survival.
Plantlife is a wildlife organization in Britain that started a campaign of not mowing gardens during May. Rain showers throughout April nicely water the soil allowing numerous flowers to grow in May.
If the gardens and lawns are left unmown in May, there will be a bigger diversity in numbers and a variety of flowers throughout the summer according to Plantlife. This organization conducted an experiment last year by suggesting hundreds of homeowners not to mown their lawn for the entire month of May. The result of this was a greater number of varieties of flower species in the gardens than ever before. Thanks to the variety of flowers there was 10 times more nectar for the bees than before and that enlarged their count.
Hence, Plantlife highly recommends leaving the grass to grow longer so that it offers a larger variety of flower species. They suggest mowing your lawn only once a month and thus help the bee population.
However, if this is a long period of time for you and your family, you can mow sections or chunks of your garden where you can enjoy the sun. Plus, you can make an interesting pattern so that your children can enjoy their play in it. The rest of your garden and lawn leave it for the bees.
Trevor Dines, a botanist from Plantlife, explains why unmown lawns offer a wide range of flowers, and which plants like regular mowing. For instance, daisy, bird’s-foot trefoil, and white clover, usually grow in shorter grass, and they can survive the mower’s blades. In fact, these flowers are greater in number when the lawns are mown.
On the other hand, flowers like red clover, oxeye daisy, field scabious, and knapweed grow in tall grass as they grow upright and because of that they need more time to reach the blooming phase. If these flowers are cut off on regular basis then their reproduction is prevented. These wildflowers thrive ideally in unmown grass left for a couple of months and more. Wildflower species grow only in long grass and contribute to the great variety of flowers that are the perfect food for the bees.
The states are carefully considering this idea of leaving the gardens and lawns unmown. Namely, some cities suggest leaving the grass as it is till the mid of June, and to promote the campaign some citizens were offered money not to mow their grass.