Fall Flower Garden Clean-Up→But leave some debris for the critters?

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Fall Flower Garden Clean-Up

By goldfinch4
November 23, 2016

If you're like me and live in a cool climate, your gardening season will soon be coming to an end for another year. You've either got loads of work ahead of you cleaning out your flower gardens or you are ready to sit back and relax and leave the clean-up until spring.

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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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Jul 20, 2015 9:05 AM CST
I used to do a thorough fall clean up, until one fall,--- I opened a Lavatera seed pod and found a lady bug curled up inside. Now I just clean beds for bulbs, and leave the rest for the wintering critters. This fall I am going to attack a massive pruning job to lessen the shade in my yard. So I probably won't get much garden clean up done this fall.
Name: Chris
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Jul 20, 2015 10:18 AM CST
We have lots of voles and any remaining debris in the gardens encourages them to hang around for the winter.

Good luck with your prunung project.
Sounds like lots of work but worth the effort!

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