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Lawns form the heart of most gardens. Most lawns are made up from intricate mixes of grass varieties. But from a pollinator perspective lawns are a monoculture and although some grasses are larval plants for some moth species and grass does make pollen, grasses are wind-pollinated and not ideal food plants for most insects. However, the other plants that grow within a lawn, that you might detest, or class as weeds, are actually vital early spring food plants for our pollinator pals.
Mental Health Week and gardening are often linked due to the numerous mental health benefits that gardening can provide. Gardening can help reduce stress and anxiety, improve mood, increase physical activity, and provide a sense of accomplishment. It's a great way to connect with nature and can be a therapeutic activity for individuals struggling with mental health issues.
Next time you reach for the strimmer to cut back long grass or areas in the garden that have grown a bit wild, STOP and take a few minutes first to check that you are not disturbing sleeping or nesting wildlife, in particular, hedgehogs.
Lawns often take pride of place when it comes to gardening – and for good reason. But it’s easy to neglect their health over winter, leading to moss, bare patches and weeds taking root. Try our 7-step guide to rejuvenate your lawn in time for summer.
Sand, clay or silt? Read on to discover which type of soil you have in your garden, and how to manage it for healthy plant growth.
April was a relatively dry month for us here in Wales. We have seen huge variation in day and night temperatures and there is still that chance for a frost. This is one of the busiest times of the year. Remember to open greenhouse doors and vents on warm days, or install automatic vent openers, to improve air circulation.
After a long, cold winter, your lawn may look a little rough in places. Repairing bare patches is a straightforward process, so follow our trusted tips below to get your lawn back in shape.