A Messy Garden

I took a pledge today (Habitat Network at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology) to keep a messy garden during the winter for my native wildlife habitat and the pollinator species that frequent it. Really this was an easy one, because I already do most of these anyway:

  • Leave your leaves on the property.
  • Allow dried flower heads to stay standing in your garden.
  • Build a brush pile with fallen branches instead of removing them.
  • Forget the chemicals.
  • Leave snags on your property.
  • Delay garden cleanup until spring, after several 50F days, allowing overwintering pollinators to move on.

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