No Mow May

I won’t be cutting my grass for the next few weeks.

Have you heard of No Mow May? I heard about it for the first time last year, but unfortunately I only heard about it on 29th May. Shame.

I vowed to do better this year!

The idea is that you don’t cut your grass in May. This gives all the flowers (let’s not call them weeds) in your lawn time to flower, thus providing much-needed nectar for the bees.

It’s such a simple thing to do – in fact, it’s less work than normal!! I like that. I really do.

I’m looking forward to it – I know my lawn will be full of daisies, dandelions and buttercups and I’m looking forward to seeing what else comes up when I give it half a chance.

It’s got me thinking about dandelions in particular. Why do we find them so offensive? Take a good look at one. Seriously, if you had to go to a garden centre to buy one, you would think it was a pretty little plant. And there it is, growing wild and free, not costing a penny and bringing brightness and a bit of fun (remember dandelion clocks when you were a kid?) to our gardens for absolutely no effort on our part. And bees happen to be quite fond of them too. What’s not to love?

I get very few birds in my garden. This is an improvement – I used to get no birds at all.

I’ve deliberately set out to encourage the insect population in the hope that it will attract the birds – I don’t know if it’s because of this, or because of lockdown, but over the last few weeks I’ve been lucky enough to see a few birds out there. A pair of goldcrests passed through – so exciting!! A pair of blackbirds were feeding young in a tree across the road and came back and forth for a while – I think the young must have fledged as I haven’t seen them for a day or two. A coal tit dropped by.

So No Mow May will help in my master plan of encouraging the birds by encouraging the insects – and it will help the bees. Lord knows the bees need all the help they can get!

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. Sarah says:

    My niece adores dandelions. Looking at them, blowing the clocks, eating them. The other day she made golden shortbread which contains the petals (no idea what it tastes like i only saw a photo), we plan to make her dandelion jam for her birthday.

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    1. That sounds very enterprising!! I’ve always been puzzled as to why we spend so much time and effort trying to get rid of them!!

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  2. LittleDreams says:

    Ooh dandelion jam? Never heard of it or seen it anywhere, but I’d love to try some out! Let us know how you get in with that please.

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    1. It does sound good, doesn’t it. If No Mow May goes well, I might have enough dandelions to make a pot!! SARAH – we need the recipe please!!

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      1. Merf56 says:

        Oh yes ! Recipe please!!!

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