Time To Make Compost→Let the leaves stay where they fall

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mmolyson
Nov 6, 2019 6:23 PM CST
The majority of butterflies overwinter as caterpillars rolled up in leaves of their host plants. As these are native plants, the majority are deciduous, and hence on the ground. If the leaves fall onto a walkway or drive way by all means sweep them off and place them under the plant from which they fell. Most people think of monarchs migrating and extrapolate that to all butterflies, but not all butterflies migrate any more than all birds migrate. If you have doubts, investigate the winter-over pattern of the butterflies that frequent your yard in the summer (assuming you don't use insecticides, otherwise they are dead anyway). I'm sure you will be surprised that the leaves of you oak tree or your cherry tree may contain wintering caterpillars that will NOT survive the heat of a compost pile, and you certainly don't want to put them through your mulcher!
In the spring, AFTER their host plant has leaved out, you can gather up the leaves and compost away!
When You send forth Your Spirit, they are created, and You renew the face of the earth! Psalm 104:30

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