No Mow May is back again this year; the national campaign that’s encouraging you to liberate your lawns and provide a space for nature by not mowing in May.
According to Plantlife UK, nearly 97% of flower rich meadows have been lost since the 1970s, and with them gone the vital food needed by pollinators, like bees and butterflies.
A healthy garden, with some long grass and wildflowers not only benefits wildlife but can help tackle pollution and even lock away carbon below ground.
But there are lots of other things you can do to help your garden grow!
Check out our top tips below to find out easy ways you can green your gardening habits and help let your wild plants get a head start this summer.
1. Choose peat-free compost
- Removing peat from its natural habitat releases lots of carbon and destroys wildlife habitats so stick with peat-free.
2. Upcycle your own plant pot
- Tin cans, yogurt pots and egg cartons make perfect plant pots. All you need to do is give them a rinse and add some drainage holes, easy!
3. Ditch your lawnmower
- Let your lawn grow and plant wildflowers to transform your grass into a haven for bees and other pollinators.
4. Make the most of rain
- Save water by collecting rain in an empty container or rain butt for when your plants next need it. You’ll save on your water bills too – win win!
5. Reuse your compost bags
- Wash them and use them to line planters, store garden waste or to wrap and transport plants.