Keeping the grass long..

What happens if you only cut your grass once a year as I do ๐Ÿ™‚ I cut my back lawn once a year in September.. the rest of the year it is left to nature and this is what is provides…

Garden Habitats= Long Grass…  When you allow patches of long grass to flourish in your garden, you are making space for an entire miniature world. Your long grass can make the difference between life and death for many living creatures. Plants such as plantain, meadow grass and buttercup can seed – providing food for your garden birds. Plants such as daisies and buttercups provide pollen for bees and hoverflies. Every garden benefits from bees, and of course garden birds are always grateful for more insects to eat. Long grass provides cover for small mammals such as voles and mice, as well as amphibians including frogs, toads and newts. It also provides great living conditions for invertebrates including ladybirds, caterpillars, beetles, grasshoppers, spiders, butterflies and moths – allowing them to survive and breed. A garden with a rich invertebrate population can then support a greater population of garden birds and mammals including hedgehogs. Invertebrates such as caterpillars are an ideal protein source for baby birds which can make a significant difference to their survival chances. For example moth caterpillars are the favourite food of blue tits and one family of blue tits could eat 10,000 caterpillars before leaving the nest. A garden with a good caterpillar supply is much more likely to be brightened up by a happy family of beautiful birds! Spiders will make their presence known, spinning webs that glisten in the morning dew and catch flies, before in turn being caught as food for your local blackbirds and hedgehogs.If you start now and avoid mowing until September when any flowers have seeded, you will be giving wildlife in your garden a wonderful chance to flourish.

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  1. Very interesting but I wonder how you manage to cut the grass only once a year, it must be a difficult job, do you use a special machine, a kind of tractor?

    1. not as hard as it sounds woollie, just pick a spare day and be prepared for a long cut lol strimmer first, then high mow and low mow, takes about 3 hours.. that’s all ๐Ÿ™‚ 3 hours a year.. who can complain at that lol ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. hahaha I’m rehabilitating the neighbours lol and they sure do need it ๐Ÿ™‚ many are obsessed with bowling green lawns with not a weed in sight which is not good news for the dwindling Bee population which WE rely on… the parks started to leave the grass long and cut paths through it in the hope it all helps Bee’s.. the result is stunning and beautiful to walk through… I know which I prefer ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. What a very interesting and informative post, you have really done your homework. I always say that the presence of the 3 B’s (birds, bees and butterflies) makes for a healthy environment. Living in an urban area (would swap for the bush anytime) it is incumbent upon us to keep our lawns neat and tidy but we offset this by planting numerous shrubs and flowers such as lavender and marigold which prove very popular with our bee, butterfly and lady bird visitors. We are also fortunate in that our neighbourhood is studded with both Australian native and imported tree varieties which prove a boon for the birds. Keep up the good work, I have been enviously following the varieties of wildlife that you have been able to capture with the camera.

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