David Attenborough issues urgent plea to gardeners and says not 'until next weekend'

People have been urged to hold of mowing again until mid-July
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David Attenborough has called on those with gardens to hold off on mowing their lawns until the following weekend. The esteemed BBC figure underscored the critical role of wildflowers and insect pollinators during the warmer months.

He said: "Nowhere here is richer in wildflowers and insect pollinators than our traditional hay meadows. Sadly, in the last 60 years, we've lost 97 per cent of this precious habitat. But with nature friendly farming, meadows can be restored to provide a haven for wildlife."

Attenborough highlighted the importance of correct timing: "It's all about the timing. Delaying mowing until mid-July allows birds and insects to complete their breeding and flowers to set their seed."

His remarks coincide with advice from Monty Don, his colleague at BBC Gardeners' World, regarding lawn maintenance.

Don suggested: "All Spring-flowering bulbs should have completely died back so that long grass can be cut without affecting their display next year. At Longmeadow we often wait until August to do this because not all wild flowers have set seed, but by the end of July most wild flower meadows can be safely cut back.", reports the Mirror.

"The important thing is to removed all the grass, raking up every last piece to compost so that it will not enrich the grass and thus limit next year's wild flower display."

Attenborough and Don both stress the need to collect and compost grass clippings after the first mow to avoid enriching the soil too much, which could lead to less desirable, coarser grass growth and potentially harm the diversity of wildflowers.

The gardening guru and BBC TV personality further offered advice on the plants that should be pruned in June for their best care, reports Birmingham Live. He stressed that wisteria needs pruning during this month to guarantee the flowers return and bloom more splendidly than in past years.