Mowing the grass could be on the way out

Mowing the grass could be on the way out

Mowing the grass could be on the way out after a survey showed the public is overwhelmingly in favour of leaving grass longer in parks and roadside verges to allow wildflowers to grow and help Britain’s beleaguered bees.

Should local councils reduce grass cutting?

Over 80% of the public agreed that councils should reduce grass-cutting to encourage nectar-rich flowers to grow, with over 90% in favour of planting more wildflowers and other bee-friendly plants in parks and community spaces. Over two thirds said local councils should be doing more to protect Britain’s bees, and 88% supported reducing the use of pesticides.

The survey was commissioned by environmental charities Buglife and Friends of the Earth, who have launched a Pollinator Action Plan to help councils adopt more bee-friendly practices at the same time as saving money on maintenance.

Help bees in your own backyard

Gardeners can help bees in their own back yards by allowing grass to grow longer - mowing a single path through the middle of longer grass helps make a feature of it. There’s still plenty of time to sow wildflower meadows with mixes of nectar rich annuals – you’ll find a wide range on sale now at the garden centre here in Northallerton, so pop by and ask for advice on establishing your very own back-garden bee haven.

You might also be interested in:

Tackle Slugs

The warm, sometimes damp weather at this time of year is a slug’s paradise – so now is the time to get your slug defences well and truly up. The slimy molluscs top the list of gardeners’ most-hated pests nearly every year as they munch their way through tender, just-planted seedlings and turn young dahlias and sunflowers into lace doilies.

...Read more...
Plant yourself some productive pots!

Plant yourself some productive pots! A roomy container or three can produce a surprising range of fruit, vegetables and herbs. Veg you can grow in pots include chilli peppers, sweet peppers, salads and green beans. Bush varieties of tomato do brilliantly, too, cascading over the sides laden with scarlet fruits by autumn. Look out for seeds marked ‘container veg’ on the seed racks at our garden centre here in - these are bred specially for growing in pot...

Read more...
Lift and divide clumps of spring bulbs

Lift and divide clumps of spring bulbs to keep them vigorous and full of flower – and to spread them around your garden to boost next year’s display!

Spring bulbs

You can lift and divide all clump-forming bulbs, from bluebells and daffodils to snowdrops. Most bulbs need lifting and dividing every three to four years: if your largest clumps put on a lacklustre display this spring, overcrowding is probably the cause.

Water t...

Read more...
RHS Malvern Spring Festival

This year’s RHS Malvern Spring Festival has a definite sparkle: it’s taking its inspiration from Malvern Spa’s Victorian heydey as a fashionable health resort.

RHS Malvern Spring Festival

The second major show of the year, Malvern boasts a brand new category of show gardens for 2017. Spa Gardens showcases the work of up and coming designers, mentored by Chelsea Gold Medal winning designer Jo Thompson. And of course, there will be the usual impr...

Read more...

Need help or advice? Give us a call at 01609 882355. Mon to Sat 9am to 5pm and Sun 10am to 4pm.

Leave a review

Opening Hours

Monday   9:00 - 17:00
Tuesday   9:00 - 17:00
Wednesday   9:00 - 17:00
Thursday    9:00 - 17:00
Friday   9:00 - 17:00
Saturday   9:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Contact

Whitegates Nursery Ltd.
West Rounton
Northallerton
North Yorkshire
DL6 2LL

Tel: 01609 882355
 

Follow us