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Spring cleaning is important for keeping your local garden ecosystem healthy, but you have to start it at the right time. If you start clearing out dead material too early, you’ll disturb local pollinators which you need for your new plants. You should always clean in the spring, not fall, and wait until temperatures are consistently above 50F. When you clean up, watch out for cocoons and chrysalises, and carefully move leaf matter piles to avoid disturbing ladybugs.

Key Takeaways:

  • Knowing when to start and how to spring clean garden areas is important for the health of your local ecosystem.
  • A good rule of thumb is to wait until temperatures are consistently about 50 F. (10 C.).
  • Don’t smother the soil in beds with mulch until it is generally warm to avoid blocking in-ground nesting bees and other insects.

“Many pollinators, like bees and butterflies, overwinter in dead plant material.”

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