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No Mow May

No Mow May – important tips

May is the month of spring: the flowers are in bloom, the sun is shining and the bees are buzzing in the garden. It is also the month of 'No Mow May', an initiative to, as the name suggests, not mow your garden during the month of May. We can already hear you thinking 'But what about my beautiful lawn?!', but don't worry! In this article, you will learn all about this great initiative and how you can still enjoy a neat lawn.?

Glad to bee here!

When you mow your lawn, you not only cutting blades of grass, but also the flowers in the lawn. This has a negative effect on the bee population.

The bee is a very necessary insect. 75% of the pollination of food crops is done by bees, which carry pollen from one plant to another. Honey bees, solitary bees and bumblebees ensure that we can enjoy delicious fruit and vegetables such as apples, cherries, blackberries, courgettes, peppers and avocados. So we have a lot to thank these useful little critters for.

After the winter, the bees have completely exhausted their supply of nectar and pollen, so it is time for them to start looking for flowers where they can again get nectar for their nest. Mowing the grass does not only shorten the blades of grass, but also the flowers that are so necessary for the bees. So during the month of No Mow May, the flowers can bloom without being mowed, allowing the bees to gather nectar and pollinate plants to the fullest.

So No Mow May contributes enormously to the biodiversity of our gardens and provides a rich buffet of flowers for insects such as butterflies and bees, which are much needed for our environment.

Still a neat lawn!

A whole month without mowing the lawn, won’t the garden be a jungle afterwards?

Don't worry, you’re not obligated to let the entire lawn escape the lawnmower. Instead, we recommend that you let just a part of the lawn grow and flourish this month. For example, you can give a single strip of grass free rein, where the flowers can develop to their full potential and where the bees can find their tasty nectar. For the creative gardeners among us, mowing figures or patterns in the grass can also be an option.

Tips for putting your lawn in order again afterwards:

After you have let your lawn grow for the whole month of May, you will want to restore it. But how do you do that?

- Mow the grass again for the first time with a lawnmower with a collecting container. It is not advisable to use a mulching mower for this, as all the clippings will fall to the ground and create a thick layer of thatch. By immediately collecting and removing the cut grass from the lawn, you get a clean lawn that is once again at a decent length. Set your lawn mower to about 3 to 4 centimeters in height and your lawn will soon be back to looking beautiful and healthy.

- Remove all weeds from your garden. Of course it is not only the flowers that grow in the lawn, the weeds will also show themselves in the uncut grass. Make sure you remove all weeds so they cannot spread any further through the garden.

- Longer grass makes for a less dense turf, causing bald patches between the grass plants. As soon as you mow the lawn again, these open spaces are the ideal place for mosses and weeds. It is therefore recommended that you clean the lawn by scarifying in autumn. The ELIET C550ZR Collector is the perfect tool for this. This scarifier collects the moss and weeds in a narrow row, which makes clean-up much easier. Afterwards you can also restore the bald spots in the garden by overseeding. The ELIET DZC is the perfect candidate for this: the seeds are embedded in the soil, guaranteeing optimal growth!

 

With a beautiful carpet of flowers on your lawn you add fragrance and colour to your garden while giving nature a helping hand. You create a garden that is bursting with life. Of course you can leave a 'flower strip' in your lawn all year round, so that the bees always have somewhere to go. In this way, you contribute to the biodiversity in your garden and help the bees in their busy search for nectar.