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'Messy garden areas' could see gardens blossom

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While it might seem counter intuitive to make a mess of a perfectly nice garden, university scientists say messy areas can actually help them blossom.

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While it might seem counter intuitive to make a mess of a perfectly nice garden, university scientists say messy areas can actually help them blossom. According to scientists at the University of Leeds, having a single 'messy' area in a garden is the most effective way boost pollination in gardens, itv.com reports. Messy areas, preferably left out of sight of garden living rooms and the like, can act as "bug hotels", encouraging pollinating insects to take up residence and help the garden grow as well as breaking down gardening waste. Not only will the presence of messy areas encourage pollinating insects to do their thing but they also act as great water management systems. Leeds University's Faculty of Biological Systems (fbs.leeds.ac.uk) department explains that these areas can slow storm water running off down the garden and so retain it for other plants. "If everyone were to make a few, key alterations to their garden, the cumulative difference we would make to the environment could be very significant," said Dr Rebecca Slack who is to demonstrate the research at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show. "It doesn't matter how small your garden is, it can still make a real difference - in fact our garden is deliberately based on the kind of garden you'd usually find in Yorkshire's urban fringe in order to show just how easy it is to get involved."

Author:

Chris Taylor

3rd May 2012