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Lawns For Wildlife.

Lawns can provide a source of seed and insect life, if you manage them properly.

Try to avoid intense mowing during summer. Preferably mow once a fortnight or no more than weekly.Maintain the grass at a height of between 3cm to 6cm.

Leatherjackets are insect larvae commonly found in garden lawns. These become flying 'daddy long legs', which provide a vital source of protein for young house sparrows.

If possible, allow grass to grow to a height of 20cm to 30cm in some parts of the garden. This provides seeds and shelter for important insects such as grasshoppers, lacewings, caterpillars, beetles and weevils and spiders.

Leave areas of long grass during winter and try not to cut before March. This will provide shelter and hibernation sites for insects.

Rake off grass cutting and either compost or mulch under shrubs and trees to encourage insects.

Try to minimise the use of chemicals on your lawn, which often kill insects and remove important food sources for wildlife - such as aphids, which are important for house sparrow chicks.

Try planting ornamental grasses in your borders. There is a vast range to choose from with beautiful foliage and ornamental seed heads that double up as an important food source.


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