Posted: 29/09/2013 at 14:01
I put very little on my green patch. I won't call it a lawn, as it has more clover and other lawn weeds than grass. It has had a feed once in 5 years. It has been scarified for too much moss twice in five years. It is however a green patch for lounging on etc.
Much as I admire bowling green lawns, I am too lazy to put in the effort to acquire one.
I do agree with Verdun, in that any grub killer watered on lawns now, is not going to affect most feeding bees, unless there is flowering clover at the moment. It could affect solitary bees, and for that reason, as I know there are solitary bees in the lawn soil, I won't be treating mine.
Watching the crane flies laying their eggs was interesting, even if they wouldn't stay still long enough for me to photo.
I spray my lilies at the first sign of lily beetle with a systemic insecticide. It is at least 8 weeks later before they flower. Looking at the amount and variety of bees I have had this year, it does them no harm. Most everything else, I leave to its own devices. Its a hard life in my garden. If they're lucky, they get fed once a year. I water if they start drooping. After that they just get on with it.