A Naturalist’s Plea: Don’t Mow Your Law

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I’m sure all of you are familiar with the crisis affecting the depletion of the bee population. I’m sure it upsets you, as it does me, and you may even have shared videos on the subject. But, if you really care, and want to make a difference, here’s a little something you can do:

 
If you have a lawn with wildflowers/weeds growing on it, DON’T MOW IT! I don’t care what denatured, anal human part of you thinks it looks ‘messy,’ you are not making things ‘neater’ – you are destroying a habitat essential to the life-needs of bees, butterflies, and birds, to say nothing of other species. By reducing their already fragmented habitats, you are only making the planet more unliveable for them, and ourselves as a consequence.

 
Two of the biggest causes of animal depopulation is habitat fragmentation and the modernization of previously nature-tolerant agricultural practises. Instead of mowing your lawn, let wildflowers grow, or purposefully cultivate them, rather than planting shop-bought, non-native/cultivated flowers which have next to no ecological purpose for bees/butterflies. Wait until the flowers have died to mow it. Is that really too much to ask?

 
Thank you for reading.

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