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Perfect lawns are far from perfect for wildlife. Cut your grass to different heights, this ecologist says

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Cutting lawn areas at different heights can create a mix of conditions that benefit a wide range of species. Image: Unsplash/Eugene

Gareth Griffith
Professor of Fungal Ecology, Aberystwyth University
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A close view of wasps on top of a lawn
Flowers can encourage a range of biodiversity into our gardens Image: Unsplash/Franz Michael Schneeberger
A close view of a lawn mower cutting grass
Grass cuttings inundate soils with more nutrients than a diverse community of plants needs. Image: Unsplash/Daniel Watson

Pink ballerina mushrooms in an Aberystwyth garden.
Pink ballerina mushrooms in an Aberystwyth garden. This species is considered globally vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Image: The Conversation/Gareth Griffith, Author provided

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