There’s a discussion going on in our garden. How tidy do we want to be?Should we dead head and prune all our perennials and rake our leaves ? Maybe not, our fine feathered friends are looking for food all winter.
“If you’re not careful, you can yank the welcome mat right outfrom under all the birds, insects and small mammals your garden has been home to throughout the rest of the year.”
Debbie Roberts, Fall Clean Up in the Wildlife Garden.
Above: A view into our Wildlife Garden looking through Pink Muhly Grass.
Grasses provide cover for wildlife and their seed heads provide food.
Less work? I am all for it. Look at some of the blog titles written on this subject: Drop Your Rake and Look to the Skies and Fall Wildlife Garden Chores.
Above: Rudbeckia Seedheads
Looking for other ways to accomodate wildlife in your garden? Birds feast on Berries like Beauty Berry and Yaupon Holly in winter months.
Yaupon Holly berries on the right, maize on the left under a bird feeder
So less work equals a more friendly wildlife garden; we can handle that!
Pictures by Starla and Ann