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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.
The bulbs are shooting, the daffodils are appearing and Spring is just around the corner. The daylight is increasing and we are about to see the emergence of further shoots to bring our gardens back to life. We have recently had a cold spell here in Wales which has given us an opportunity to start to think about the season ahead.
June is a busy time on the allotment from planting courgettes to warm weather watering. The longer days mean plenty of time to get on with essential gardening tasks.
Relax and let a robot mower take care of your lawn. Not only will it do all the hard work for you, but it will also give you a healthier, better-looking lawn. Read on to find out why a robot mower is a cut above the rest when it comes to keeping your grass effortlessly vibrant.
Growing vegetables is a rewarding pastime – but it can seem overwhelming at first. From low-maintenance crops to raised beds, check out our tips for a hassle-free route to delicious healthy produce.