Fall Garden Care for Pollinators

As we begin to think about putting our gardens to bed for winter, think about the winter habits of our friends the pollinators. Although many people still hold with the idea of cleaning the beds by trimming plants to the ground and covering everything with mulch, this is far from the best for the pollinators. Popular opinion is swinging toward letting things stay just as they are through winter—decayed and drab but serviceable. Now is the time to procrastinate and leave the stubble standing! Thinking about winter care for our pollinators, we need focus mainly on one basic need, shelter. Here are how some of our pollinators find winter shelter. Butterflies Many often assume butterflies all f

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