A luscious lawn takes dedication. Weeding, feeding, watering, and mowing is constantly on your to-do list.

In many gardens, turf has been swapped for gravel or astroturf. It’s an understandable decision, particularly if you’re a busy household, or struggle physically to keep on top of the gardening. But gardens are now increasingly having to support British mammals, birds and insects as their wild habitats comes under more pressure. Is there a way to have a low-maintenance lawn and support our wildlife?

Don’t Mow, Let It Grow supports organisations who manage public grassland areas to make small changes that benefit biodiversity. They focusing on verges, parks and nature reserves, encouraging these wild grasslands to be allowed to grow and trimmed back once a year so that wildflowers can grow. And these changes can benefit your garden too.

Let it grow? Paynes Turf

Try one of these RSPB challenges…

Give your mower (and your back) a rest

Let your grass grow and seed, and let wildflowers back into your garden. There are different techniques for doing this, so read through the RSPB’s guidance and see what would suit you best.

Or, if you feel a bit more ambitious, you could create a mini-meadow and sow seeds in  spring. Again, lots of info here about how to do this on the RSPB website.

The Good

  • You’ll support British wildlife – hedgehogs, bats and other mammals, amphibians, reptiles, bees, dragonflies, damselflies, moths, butterflies and, of course, birds! It’s a great opportunity to discover the variety of wildlife our islands are home to.
  • Weeds will magically be transformed into wildflowers, simply by virtue of you deciding that they’re welcome to call your garden home. It can be fascinating to start identifying these pretty plants.
  • Save time and save back-ache

The slightly annoying

  • You might get a lot of comments about needing to mow your garden…