Monday 25 July 2022

In the Heatwave: Seeing the Value of Not Mowing My Lawn

Everyone's aware of the serious environment problems of the current heatwave. However, I'm seeing the value of not having mown my lawn since April. I took part in No Mow May to let the grass grow and wildflowers flourish, then let it grow more in June and early July. The photo above shows what it looks like now, despite very little rain for weeks and the hottest London temperatures since records began.

There are parched patches, but there are still areas of green and long grass offering a bit of shade for animals. It might not look great, but it's a huge contrast to my neighbour's lawn. He's been mowing his grass regularly and it's now completely brown. I've also done very little other gardening this year. I probably should have done more to stop the brambles proliferating, but other wildflowers are attracting butterflies and bees. The picture doesn't show them, but I assure you I have lavender, honeysuckle, hollyhocks and quite a few other things insects like. 

Nevertheless, we could do with an end to the dry weather. Yesterday late afternoon there were a few spots of rain which didn't last long, so I went into my garden to do a little rain magic. Later in the evening it rained some more, although not enough. Weather magic works best when there's a chance of change, so I'll be looking at the forecast to see when rain is most likely and trying a spell to encourage it to fall.

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1 comment:

Pearl said...

Love the wild look! I moved from Hawaii to Alaska and live in a vast forest. Although most people have planted grass that they mow in the summer, my yard is wild with moss, loganberries, blueberries, crowberries, strawberries, watermelon berries, currants, fireweed, lupins, wild geranium, dandelions, star flower, wild roses, shooting stars, ferns, monkshood, yarrow, groundcover dogwood, chocolate lillies, wild orchids and violets, ground lichen and of course, wild grasses. When I left Hawaii I never mowed grass ever again. Love the wild flora.