Fall Cleanup for Habitat Protection: Ecological Considerations
We are all thinking of cleaning up the garden this time of year, with a focus
on removing dead plants and preventing weeds from invading in the spring.
Another thing to consider is how our yearly winterizing activities might
affect animals, hibernating pollinators and water quality.
ecological impact in your garden can be as easy as letting go of excessive fall
your native plants standing in the winter and early spring - several bee
species next in the hollow stems over winter. When you cut, leave
12-15 inches of stalks for pollinators.
encourage nesting bumblebees, who burrow underground, leave some areas
Winter Bird and
Amphibian Food and Habitat
textured landscapes give birds cues to land in your yard to forage for
spent seedheads, and provides critical food for nesting birds and their
young in the spring.
are beneficial animals that consume slugs and snails in the garden.
You can offer a safe winter retreat by stacking up rocks and leaving a
toad-sized space beneath them.
Leave the Leaves - In the Right Place
of traditional bagging and sending your leaves off to the landfill, where
they can contribute to methane gas, a 20X more powerful greenhouse gas
than C02, consider a leaf pile in an unused corner of your yard.
only will this benefit overwintering insects, but you can also use leaves
as a free mulch on garden beds, where they will slowly breakdown (when
adding to a compost pile, shredding will assist with breakdown).
water quality purposes, make sure you don't ever leave leaves on the
street - this contributes to high phosphorous pollution in the local
watershed, whereas these leaves break down naturally in your flower beds,
compost or leaf pile.
information at: https://www.ecolandscaping.org/10/developing-healthy-landscapes/ecological-landscaping-101/leave-the-leaves/
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