Take part in No Mow May this year
No Mow May is a fantastic initiative with many benefits. Leaving your grass to grow during the month of May helps our bees, butterflies, wildlife and us! No Mow May can be a really fun and educational activity for families and individuals. It provides an opportunity to explore the natural world and observe the many different species of insects and wildlife that inhabit our lawns.
What is No Mow May?
No Mow May is a campaign that encourages people to leave their lawns uncut for the entire month of May, allowing wildflowers and other native plants to bloom and provide a much-needed habitat for pollinators like bees, butterflies, and other insects. This initiative was first launched in the UK in 2019 by the charity Plantlife and has since gained popularity around the world.
The idea behind No Mow May is simple but powerful: by leaving your lawn to grow, you can help to create a haven for wildlife, particularly pollinators. Many of these species are struggling due to habitat loss, climate change, and pesticide use. The decline in pollinator populations has been a growing concern in recent years. Pollinators are essential to us, as they help to pollinate plants that produce fruits, vegetables and nuts, and they also play a vital role in supporting biodiversity. Unfortunately, many pollinator populations are in decline due to habitat loss, climate change, and pesticide use.
By allowing wildflowers and other native plants to flourish, you can provide a valuable food source and habitat for these creatures. You’ll be giving pollinators a much-needed break from the constant disruption of their habitats.
The benefits behind No Mow May
One of the key benefits of No Mow May is that it requires very little effort. All you need to do is refrain from cutting your lawn for the month of May. This means that you don't need to spend time mowing, which can be particularly beneficial for those with larger lawns. It also means that you don't need to use any pesticides or fertilisers, which can be harmful to wildlife.
Another benefit of No Mow May is that it can help to create a more visually interesting and diverse lawn. Many people are used to seeing a uniform, manicured lawn, however, this approach can be harmful to pollinators as it removes the native plants that they rely on for food and shelter. Allowing wildflowers and other plants to grow can also add a splash of colour and texture to your outdoor space. It can also be a great opportunity to learn more about the plants and wildlife that live in your area.
No Mow May is not just good for wildlife, but it can also be good for your mental health. Spending time in nature has been shown to reduce stress and improve your mood, and by allowing your lawn to grow, you can create a more natural and calming environment in your own garden. In a world where many of us are spending more time indoors and online, taking part in No Mow May can be a great way to reconnect with the natural world and experience the benefits of spending time outside.
If you want to take part in No Mow May, all you need to do is leave your lawn uncut for the month of May. You can also spread the word by telling your friends and family about the initiative and sharing photos of your blooming lawn on social media, by tagging us at St Peters Garden Centre and using the hashtag #NoMowMay.
After the month of May…
After No Mow May has finished, if you do choose to mow your lawn, make sure to leave a few patches of longer grass for the pollinators.
No Mow May is a simple but powerful initiative, and we’re encouraging people to give it a go. If you have any questions, please ask a member of our team.