“If it’s not adding to the picture, it must be detracting,” says Steven as he composes a photo. It’s true in gardens, too. Remove what is unsightly and the remainder has a chance to shine.
Janet follows a similar course. If you’ve worked with us at volunteer gardens or Garden By Janet & Steven events you’ve almost certainly heard her say, “If it’s brown, cut it down!"
In addition to improving the scenery, cutting back one plant group at a time can be good for you, too. It can change your end-of-season clean-up from a marathon to a series of pleasant strolls.
However, if you are gardening to encourage wildlife, you should restrain the urge to cut. Neatness is not an asset if the garden’s meant to harbor butterflies, toads, pollinators, birds and small mammals.
“Think it’s Neat to Have Birds in a Garden” in What’s Coming Up 144 explains it.
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