Love Your Lawn
This long hot summer has played havoc with lawns all over the UK and many gardeners could be tempted to make-over their patch. Decking, gravel, cobbles and patios can seem like work-free alternatives but PLEASE think twice. Mike Toms of Garden BirdWatch and Wincey Willis, wildlife gardening writer, join forces to ask people to give their brown and dead lawns a second chance - don`t just dig them up. Your lawn may look dead but it is a living carpet supporting an amazing variety of wildlife, from invertebrates to our favourite garden birds. Even the most parched areas will spring back to life with some TLC.
Wildlife Depends On
Bird species which feed on lawns
The best wildlife lawn will be a little bit wild so let some weeds flourish. There is no finer sight than goldfinches wrestling with the dandelion seed-heads. Clover attracts bees, which in turn pollinate your vegetables and fruits. In the dampest parts moss will flourish, beautiful to look at, maintenance free and an essential for many nesting birds. Why don`t you involve the children? Let a patch go wild and keep records of how many different plant and creatures live on and in it.
Quote from Wincey Willis ? I scream at the telly when I see the make-over people digging up a lawn. It is so short-sighted. A lawn is the heart of a garden for people and creatures alike. You can`t make a daisy chain out of bits of decking. [Wincey Willis, wildlife gardener, writes in Water Gardener Magazine. Wincey is a member of the BTO`s Garden BirdWatch Scheme.]
Quote from Mike Toms (Garden BirdWatch Organiser) ? Lawns are really important for birds such as Song Thrushes, half of which have disappeared in the last thirty years. A wildlife-friendly garden is just a pocket-sized nature reserve, with central heating instead of a draughty hide.
Recent rain will have kicked
started life back into the parched areas. Cooler weather has slowed down growth but you can still patch-mend some Spartan bits with
For further information please contact: Mike Toms on 01842 750050, mobile 0795 2026181 or e-mail: email@example.com Graham Appleton on 01842 750050 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org during office hours
Created: 10th Oct 2003
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