Garden: 5 Good Reasons To Stop Mowing The Lawn
Good news for lazy gardeners: the fashion for perfectly mowed lawns is over! From now on, we prefer to let wild meadows grow in the garden to welcome biodiversity. For those who are not convinced, here are 5 good reasons to stop mowing the lawn.
1- Tall grasses are more resistant to drought
With hot weather becoming more common during the summer, it's a good idea to no longer mow your lawn to conserve moisture and help plants better withstand the drought.
Indeed, the shorter a lawn is cut and the more the sun's rays reach the base of the grass blades. This will cause the grass to yellow and dry out even more quickly.
Conversely, high grasses manage to better retain moisture from dews and are more resilient in times of high heat, drought or even heat waves.
Therefore, even if you don't want to adopt a wild meadow in your garden, consider adjusting the height of mowing according to the weather forecast in your area.
2- Weeds are melliferous
Although mistakenly referred to as 'weeds', weeds that grow in the lawn are actually very useful in attracting pollinating insects to the garden.
These various weeds such as dandelions, clovers, nettles, plantain or daisies for example produce nectar sought after by bees, bumblebees and butterflies.
The second good reason to stop mowing the lawn is to attract all those beneficial insects that contribute to beautiful harvests to your garden. They will come on their own to feed on nectar if you don't regularly mow these melliferous grasses.
3- The lawn is a refuge for biodiversity
Following the same logic, if you are concerned about gardening naturally and welcome biodiversity in your garden, you should no longer mow the lawn!
You may not know it, but grass is a refuge for wildlife when it is not cut short. If you leave the grass tall, different species such as lizards, crickets or hedgehogs will be able to make their nests there.
The third good reason not to take out the mower is therefore to participate in the protection of biodiversity by providing shelter to different species of insects and animals.
To note: be aware, however, that nothing obliges you to leave the grass high everywhere. You can also mow only a small portion of the grass to create pathways in the middle of your wild lawn and have easier access to different areas, a greenhouse or a compost bin.
4- A wild lawn is a living spectacle
Another good reason to stop mowing the lawn is to let a rich ecosystem teeming with life flourish in your garden.
If you decide to stop cutting the grass, you will rediscover your lawn: this part of your garden, usually so uniform, will take on the appearance of a flowering meadow dotted with colorful and sometimes fragrant flowers.
In addition to this plant biodiversity, the wild lawn will also attract, as we told you above, pollinating insects, butterflies and birds that feed on insects.
This more wildlife-friendly ecosystem is a simple way to enjoy the spectacle of nature near your home.
5- A wild lawn requires much less maintenance
Last but not least, not mowing the lawn saves the gardener a lot of work and effort.
If you are in the habit of mowing your lawn regularly, you probably already know that this habit represents a considerable workload.
By giving it up, you'll save quite a bit of time that you can spend on other parts of your garden like a vegetable garden or orchard or on hobbies other than gardening.
It is estimated that stopping mowing the lawn will release between 30 minutes and 2 hours each week, depending on the size of your garden.
So leaving the grass tall not only saves time, but also saves fuel and greenhouse gas emissions.
For all of the above reasons, it's a good idea to keep at least one part of your garden that you never mow and let nature grow as it pleases.