No Mow May
You should not touch your grass in the month May. At least, that is what is happening in the UK and Belgium. Especially during this month, when the grass grows the most, it is important to let it keep growing in order to help the flowers and insects.
News items about heat and drought keep coming to us in an accelerating pace. The consequences of the climate and environmental crisis are become more clear by the minute. Many animal species are suffering until they eventually become extinct. Scientists have stated that, if we continue this way, there will be no insects left within 100 years. But many people don’t know that it’s their garden that can help to counteract these serious consequences.
The benefits of ‘No Mow May’
The campaign No Mow May calls out to mow (part of) your lawn not at all or less during May. It will give many plants in the grass a chance to bloom. This way, you help to create an appetizing buffet for many important bugs, from bees to beetles and from butterflies to bumble bees. You can attract up to 10 times more bees by not mowing your lawn every week! These extra insects in your garden will then lure all kinds of birds and are very important for our biodiversity. And in addition to that, longer grass is better protected against drought and heat. Not to mention all the beautiful perfumes and colors that all those flowers will bring to your garden! Just benefits, so to say, with less effort!
At the moment Dutch municipalities are keeping the grass in the fields and lawns very short, just to fight inconveniences. But, as stated above, this thwarts biodiversity! Besides, it is estimated that 40% of the Dutch garden surfaces is tiled.
Do you want to help nature? Try to make your garden or balcony a bit greener. For tips and tricks, check this helpful website: Maak Grijs Groener.