MARYLAND – As we dive into agriculture week in Maryland, experts are providing some helpful tips. As spring comes, many gardeners say they’re beginning to clear out their gardens.
However, experts are saying you should actually hold off. According to experts, you shouldn’t be clearing out dead leaves from your garden until temperatures are above 50 degrees consistently.
They tell 47 ABC, this is detrimental to pollinators such as bees, butterflies and praying mantises. This can help preserve the overwintering habitat of many of these garden pollinators by waiting to clear out your garden.
Ginny Rosenkranz, a Principal Agent Associate at college of agriculture and natural resources says, “If you clean up the garden too soon, you’re basically removing all your good pollinators, and you don’t want to do that. “It’s a chance to give them an opportunity to go ahead let the soil warm-up, let the air temperatures warm up and then they can go ahead and come out.”
Experts tell 47 ABC, this time of year it’s important to begin mulching as well as pruning. You also should plant your seeds inside your home and wait until the frost is over which can last into May, before planting them in your garden outside.