Posted: 31/01/2014 at 07:39
We have decided not to aim for a pristine lawn and, instead, to go for a wildlife friendly sward. We just mow in the growing season at least once a week on the highest setting, so there is cover for frogs, beetles etc. We let the wild flowers grow too, for nectar-loving insects to feed from, so the "lawn" looks very pretty with buttercups, daisies, even violets, like a Medieval flowery mead. One plant I do control, though, is dandelion. I just pull off the buds and flowers to stop them spreading. Our "lawn" isn't like a bowling green but we get much satisfaction knowing that we are helping to maintain the natural balance, and love watching all the birds, beasts and butterflies that visit us.