One Man Went to Mow …

What would happen if you didn’t mow the lawn?

Aside from getting a hard time from partners, neighbours etc.

Well, it would get longer, weedier, and eventually, after a year or two you’d get brambles and all sorts of undesirables taking over and spreading.

The same thing happens in nature reserves, although fortunately they don’t need mowing every week. Most only get mown once a year, if lucky, and for some folk – ie those who are interested in wildlife – exactly when and how to mow (aka the mowing regime) is a hot topic of conversation. Hard to believe, maybe, but true nonetheless.

Here’s Miles King’s take on the mowing dilemma over at his “new nature blog“:

Some might think mowing in early June is too early, but it’s just the time when hay would have been cut in the past. I think too often places managed as meadows get cut too late these days, as people think that the flowers should be left to go to seed. By leaving the grass to grow on, what happens is that the vigorous grasses get through their life cycle and are better prepared for the following year, both in terms of seed production but also by storing energy produced from their leaves. By cutting earlier, you knock back the vigorous grasses, by removing both the seed source and also taking off leaves that are still photosynthesising.

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