Fall Cleanup – Leaving Bee Hotels to Help Your Pollinator Garden

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Welcome to our series of videos exploring how each and every one of us can play an important role in butterfly migration by planting fueling stations that will support them on their incredible journey. Pollinator gardens don’t stop being important when the flowers stop blooming. Did you know the hollow stems of many perennials serve as hotels and nurseries for bees and other beneficial insects throughout the winter? When you do your fall cleanup, go ahead and remove the leaves and spent flowers, but make sure to leave at least a foot of your flower stalks standing. Pollinators will lay their eggs in them, and even burrow inside themselves, to ride out the cold winter months.

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