Creating a wildlife friendly lawn

different, colourful and key - not to the point of being unkempt

we advise and construct | you and wildlife enjoy

A project Welcome Wildlife can do for you - a weak 'Doubling up' case but a lot of area is involved

1 - prepare and sow (or plant) suitable, short-stemmed flowering perennials in the lawn

  • if you started with a blank canvas, would you really come up with a boring, labour-intensive, wildlife unfriendly lawn?
    • would you design something that had to have poisons applied one or more times a year?
    • would you design a one-colour - green - monoculture, ideally mimicing an outdoor carpet?
    • why not lay astroturf?   Same colour, no mowing and no poisons

  • instead, you would design something that could be kept looking tidy yet have yellow, white and purple flowers
    • you would want your lawn area to be wildlife friendly
  • the answers are so obvious - welcome to the short-stemmed flowering lawn project
    • in years to come, some predict, that the 'all-green brigade' will be considered to be ecologically unfriendly
    • the short-stemmed, flowering lawn is economic, more aesthetically pleasing, ecologically friendly and simply makes sense

What benefits? - (Doubling up but a weaker case than other projects, albeit a large area is involved)

Pollinators
bee on white clover
Honey bees, solitary bees and hoverflies enjoy the flowers.   The short-stemmed perennials in the lawn are those that will flower soon after/ despite - mowing.
Butterflies
meadow-brown butterfly in grass
The case for butterflies is weaker but you will see butterflies landing on your short-stemmed perennials.   What this meadow brown is doing I have no idea.

What Welcome Wildlife offers

  • prepare and seed, or plant, to produce short-stemmed flowering plants in the lawn
    • advise on notch-up mowing
    • how often you cut the lawn is up to your personal preference (we will say not too often - lazy is good)

  • add seeds of a naturally occurring, grass weakening, native annual which is present in natural meadows
    • weakening, without killing, the grass for a season gives the short-stemmed perennials a good start

The green, monoculture lawn- some background

Wiki defines a lawn very well indeed - link
"A lawn is an area of land planted with grasses ...   which are maintained at a short height and used for aesthetic and recreational purposes.  Common characteristics of a lawn are that it is composed only of grass species, it is subject to weed and pest control, it is subject to practices  aimed at maintaining its green color, and it is regularly mowed to ensure an acceptable length ."

Note the absence of any mention of nature, natural or wildlife and note the use of poisons (weed and pest control).

As we can see, again from Wiki, the lawn is essentially a relatively modern, status symbol...
In the early 17th century, the Jacobean epoch of gardening began; during this period, the closely cut "English" lawn was born.   By the end of this period, the English lawn was a symbol of status of the aristocracy and gentry; it showed that the owner could afford to keep land that was not being used for a building, or for food production.