March starts with the drone of emerging solitary bees, and of the lawn mower, as the mowing season begins.
Mowing the lawn is a bit of a chore for most of us, but lawns look good when newly mowed and with the lovely grassy smell. How you cut your lawn depends on your lawn style. A nice lawn really sets off a garden. It looks lush and inviting because it is. Walking on the grass in bare feet is a treat and we all love that just mowed grass smell. There are plenty of plus points to a good lawn, but Lawns are changing. Traditionally, Lawns were all about neatness, and stipes as a backdrop to the garden planting. It remains true that a well-tendered lawn looks good, but longer lawns are becoming more popular as we find out more about pollinators and look for a more natural and an easier to maintain lawn.
We also have to contend with droughts, and watering the lawn is no longer practical or economic. Longer lawns will withstand the drought better because of the shade conditions created by the longer grass.