Low Maintenance Gardens – Better for Pollinators and People

The first key to low-maintenance gardening is a fundamental perspective shift: embracing a bit of debris, learning to see dead stuff as beautiful rather than as work. The standing dead snag is an easy place to start. You know that’s a favorite spot for the woodpeckers and cavity nesters. On a smaller scale, the standing stalks of perennials provide the same services for native bees. Valuing nature begins to mean valuing death as a giver of life. You turn your leaf blower off, get on your knees, and peer into the mysteries underfoot.

Read more in my latest article for Pacific Horticulture: Low Maintenance Gardens – Better for Pollinators and People

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