Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Let them be

We’ve all been trained to cut our perennials to the ground in the fall. Now, experts confirm that, ecologically speaking, leaving those perennials in place is a better idea. Birds will eat the seeds on top of stalks throughout the winter. Native bees will over-winter in the hollow stems of many flowers. Some butterflies and other beneficial insects winter over in the leaf debris at the base of the plants or under shrubs. So, save yourself some time and, unless the perennial is diseased, leave it up for fall and winter.

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