Spring Lawn Raking Time?

From Daniel Buckles…

Time to rake your lawn? The warm weather may be prompting you to start raking, but pollinators, like bees and butterflies, would rather you wait for a bit. They overwinter in dead plant material, and need time to wake up and start their lifecycle. A general guideline is to wait until temperatures are consistently above 10 C. This will help protect habitat, and a healthy overall garden ecosystem. Other tips (from various websites):

  • move leaf piles to a corner of the garden and leave them undisturbed for a while
  • don’t smother the soil in beds with mulch until it is generally warm. Mulch blocks in-ground nesting bees and other beneficial insects.

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