Let it grow
This is so simple, you don’t even have to lift a finger! Just set aside an area of grass and let it grow. The whole point is to allow whatever flowers are there to grow to their full flowering potential before you cut them back. This will provide lots of pollen and nectar for visiting insects; not to mention saving time constantly cutting grass! There are two options: a 6-week meadow and a one-cut meadow.
A 6-week meadow is where the grass is cut less regularly, ideally once every 6 weeks throughout the spring and summer.
A one-cut meadow is where the grass is cut once per year (September, sometimes earlier depending on fertility). This will allow a range of native flowers and grasses to develop as well as providing a wonderful new habitat for pollinators and other invertebrates.
If you are worried about tidiness, just add an interpretative sign and cut an outline border and internal pathway to show the intentional nature of your ‘wilderness’. Standby and wait for the parade of flowers from daisies to dandelions, buttercups to clover! Again, this is so simple, totally free and has a big impact! Give it a go!
Local Communities: actions to help pollinators. All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, Guidelines 1. National Biodiversity Data Centre, Waterford. April, 2016.
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Photography Credit: Adrian Thomas, rspb.org