‘Don’t disturb!’ says a gardening expert about tidying up over winter.
Daisy Payne, a gardening enthusiast, has offered her top ideas for aiding wildlife in your yard this winter, and the number one thing she recommends is not tidying up.
Daisy Payne describes herself as a “passionate gal” who wants to “bring a lot more people into gardening since there’s so much to love.” And, while summer’s flowering plants and flowers give way to autumn’s falling leaves before the cold spell of December sets in, gardeners can still do a lot in and around their plot. While having a thorough tidy and sort out may be the most important task, Daisy cautions against doing so too enthusiastically because animals requires refuge and food throughout the winter months.
“This is the time of year when your gut instinct is to clean up the garden, which I entirely understand and will do myself,” Daisy explained.
“However, I believe that one thing we can all do is try not to disturb the undergrowth too much.
“This is in reference to a compost heap or a pile of leaves and sticks.”
“If you leave it like that, it will provide excellent autumn cover for animals like hedgehogs and toads.
“They hibernate in the winter months and need cover in a garden,” she continued, “so if you’re not disturbing the undergrowth and not tidying too much, that’s a really, really practical thing we can do to encourage wildlife to stay in the yard.”
Daisy continued, “Another thing you may do is leave some of your plants that you want to trim back.”
“If plants still have seed heads on them, they can supply food for birds, and falling stems can assist amphibians find new homes.”
Teasel, Echinacea, Phlomis, Opium poppies, Sedum, Eryngiums, Alliums, Heleniums, Ornamental grasses, and Rudbeckias are some of the plants to grow for their winter seed heads.
If a flower or plant falls over, simply prop it back up.
When it comes to cutting them, try to wait as long as possible – some can be left until April.
After you’ve pruned them back, let the cut stems on the ground for a few days to see whether any wildlife has taken up residence. “Brinkwire News Summary.”