Spring Garden Clean Up Practices That Make a Huge Impact protect the pollinators e1708697304758

Spring Garden Clean-Up Practices That Make a Huge Impact

     Longer days and warmer weather mean you will probably be spending more time outside in the coming weeks, and you will likely notice that your garden needs some work. Even though it is tempting to start spring cleaning right away, it is extremely important that we hold off until we’ve had 7 consecutive days above 50 degrees Fahrenheit before cutting back last year’s growth, removing leaves, raking, or mulching in your garden.

     This might seem inconvenient, especially when these warm winter days fall on a weekend, and you happen to have the time and motivation to tidy up your yard. However, this is truly a matter of life and death for the pollinators who have spent the winter in your garden. Most pollinators do not migrate out of Northwest Indiana, and instead spend their entire life here in our region! This means they need a place to survive the snowstorms and cold temps during the winter. So where do they go?

     Many pollinators survive the winter months by burrowing into standing dead flower stalks or taking cover in leaf or brush piles in garden beds. Several bee species even burrow underground for the winter, and they rely on the leaf litter above them for insulation against the cold. If you clean up and dispose of these areas before the pollinators have had a chance to emerge, you’ll be getting rid of more than just “yard waste”. Many insects use air temperature as a guide for when it is time to emerge from their overwintering hideout. After 7 consecutive days above 50 degrees, the majority of our pollinating friends will have moved on to begin enjoying their own spring season.

     By following this recommendation, you can give the pollinators time to emerge and live on to support your garden throughout the year! For more information on this topic, read our full blog post at https://savedunes.org/protect-our-pollinators/

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Susie Young Baxter, CEO, has published PanoramaNOW Magazine for 31 years. Her hobbies are Camping, Boating, Hiking, Nature, Gardening and Outdoor Activities. She is an Artist, Graphic Designer, an Avid Seamstress, Dabbles in Homemade Crafts and Landscaping. Since her Father was a Health Teacher, she also likes homeopathic Health Solutions. Since blogging started over 10 years ago, PanoramaNow has been added to Newsbreak – a national news affiliate.

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Sue Baxter

Susie Young Baxter, CEO, has published PanoramaNOW Magazine for 31 years. Her hobbies are Camping, Boating, Hiking, Nature, Gardening and Outdoor Activities. She is an Artist, Graphic Designer, an Avid Seamstress, Dabbles in Homemade Crafts and Landscaping. Since her Father was a Health Teacher, she also likes homeopathic Health Solutions. Since blogging started over 10 years ago, PanoramaNow has been added to Newsbreak - a national news affiliate.