The last year has made many of us reconsider just how incredibly important our gardens are, and the ways in which we should take care of them. This includes challenging the conventional wisdom regarding mowing our lawns.
There is a growing movement, most recently popularised by celebrity gardener Monty Don, that the best thing for gardens is to let them grow out a little more and create larger, healthier habitats for plants and wild creatures.
This concept is known as rewilding and is good for maintaining high-quality topsoil as many of the elements of rewilding, such as planting wildflowers, hedges rather than fences, extensive use of natural mulch and compost and avoiding the use of chemicals is better for your soil’s ecosystem.
As well as this, a dense, natural environment helps to prevent the threat of soil erosion, where nutritious topsoil is lost due to the effects of wind and rain.
This has a consequential effect of lowering the fertility of the soil and affecting how well grass and plants will grow in it.
Rewilding helps to protect your soil and encourages the development of a healthy ecosystem that will allow not only grass and plants to grow but also enable pollinating insects, wildlife and birds to thrive in the area.
It is also a concept that has different levels to it, from planting hedges and other habitat bridges that enable wildlife to travel between different sources of food and shelter to redesigning and redefining a garden as a home for native wildlife.
Whilst there have been major debates about the aesthetic appeal of rewilded gardens, it is clear that from the perspective of garden health, rewilding can have a major positive effect on your garden’s ability to grow beautiful lawns and plants.