Mowing the Orchard to Create Wildlife Corridors

You can build every bug hotel you want. We recommend that you do but we also beg you to do one more thing and that is simply to let a part of your lawn go wild. Now, there is wild and there is controlled wild. Let's face facts, our countryside is managed, many of the places we think are wild are managed. The easiest way to create a little bit of wilderness in your garden is to not use your mower every week. Last year we adopted this, by carving pathways through the orchard. However, this means that the daffodils in the orchard didn't have the time to die back. That's the problem with managing wilderness, you don't always plan for ideas that come along later.

bugs, bees, butterflies, wilderness corrdors

So, this year we mapped where our daffodils where and discovered that we could save around two thirds of them to die back naturally by simply mowing a large strip down the centre of the orchard and creating wild borders. Borders allowed to grow leggy beneath the growing fruit trees and more importantly means we can plan for additional planting. We're thinking of introducing plants that are seen as weed, cow parsley has come to the top of our list. This bee friendly and butterfly happy plant would be ideal in this part of the garden and there would still be space for us to play among the frothy flowers.

nature, bee friendly, gardening

There are also plans for additional bulbs, we're thinking carmassia, a hardy bulb that does well in most soils and come in a range of blues. Now think of that, blue and white froths. There's real chance for wild flowers and to build up a corridor for bees, butterflies and beetles and we noticed that this simple act of putting the mower away does benefit the rest of the garden. A happy bee = happy crops.

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