Its amazing what happens if you stop cutting the grass in the usual way. If you are organic, as we are, then the lawn as such, probably isn’t just grass. I’m happy if it is mainly green.
Our lawn contains a lot of moss, daisies, buttercups, speedwell and a host of other tiny plants which have the chance to flower when not chopped every 5 days or so with a lawn mower.
Leaving certain areas to grow longer also brings in different insects and butterflies. More insects means that we are visited by more birds than usual – more creepy crawlies to feed all those baby birds that have appeared over the last couple of weeks.
We have even had a Daubentons bat quartering the circular lawn – hoovering up any midges that are there.
We can’t have a full blown meadow because I would have dreadful hay fever, so we cut the longest grass on the highest setting of the lawn mower.
After a couple of months the grass is growing more strongly than the flowers which are now being crowded out, so the decision is made to cut it back to the level of the rest of the lawn.
It all looks horribly yellow to start with, but after a bit of rain, a few weeks later it will green up again and no one would ever know that someone had been creating shapes in the grass.
I would much rather have a few flowers in the lawn than to pour chemicals onto it in order to have a perfectly green sward – I wonder if any of you agree with me !