Clear leaf litter old twigs and garden debris?
#NewbieGardener Posts: 30
Hi, I'm always thinking the garden could do with tidying, ie should I clear ALL the twigs leaves etc from the beds? I clear the main leaf drops in autumn as we have a few trees but I'm debating going bed by bed and removing all litter so it's really clear. I'm happy to leave it over winter for the animals and bugs, but to get a really tidy garden should I attempt this? ❤ Thanks! #newbiegardener
They all get reused though and serve some purpose - leaves onto the pile for leaf mold, twigs for next winter's kindling, bigger sticks get shredded for compost, and anything else goes on the compost heap.
I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
With all the old stems etc left overwinter, we have had even more bird activity in the borders than we usually do. It’s delightful watching them flitting from seed head to seed head and now collecting nesting material. I’m also hoping that we see more insect life as a result of leaving all the old stems etc in place for as long as possible.
The next test will be to see if it does have any impact on new growth coming through and/or pest numbers etc 🧐
East facing, top of a hill clay-loam, cultivated for centuries (7 years by me). Birmingham