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Mowing vs growing: Gardening expert shares pros of cutting and growing your lawn


Mr Plant Geek, Rowse Honey’s gardening expert, who is also known as Michael Perry has explained the advantages of both growing and mowing your lawn. Mr Plant Geek is working with honey brand Rowse to spearhead positive change for the bees through Hives For Lives – a program of vital initiatives that protects the bees and improves livelihoods through beekeeping. Together with its partners, Rowse is spotlighting the critical role bees play, from maintaining biodiversity to food production.

And in turn, the vital role Britons can play in saving these important pollinators.

Lawns and long grass can increase the number of bees and other pollinators that enter your garden.

However, if you prefer a neat garden with a tidy lawn, fear not, as Michael has explained why this also has it’s advantages for wildlife.

Mr Plant Geek said he “doesn’t have a lawn at all” in his garden but has managed to create an area that is still great for pollinators.

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“You can have a lawn that is manicured and obviously that’s a lot of effort – but a lot of people do like to have that look,” he added.

He explained further: “Those lawns that are being trimmed are actually making it easier for birds potentially to reach worms that are in the soil.

“There’s different wildlife and creatures that will benefit from a cut lawn.”

A long lawn may look untidy to some people but grass that has not been mown for a year will host, on average, three pollinators per square metre.

“Big areas are containers and hanging baskets. It could be you insert a few more pollinator-friendly plants into those landscapes which is somewhere that you don’t usually see pollinators accommodated for.

“We always think of borders and lovely long cottage garden plantings.

“It could be your hanging baskets have some everyday annuals and patio plants that are actually really good for bees and butterflies.”

If you’re not sure what to plant, Rowse Honey has created a year-round calendar of pollinator-friendly plants to keep bees happy.

The calendar includes plant species such as magnolia, pennies, lavender, sedums and snowdrops.

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