Let early bulbs shine

Garden Answers (UK) - - Celebrate -

It’s im­por­tant to not be too tidy in the gar­den in win­ter. Leav­ing a cover of leaves on bor­ders and fad­ing stems in place pro­vides places for lit­tle crea­tures to hole up for win­ter and helps pro­tect soil from ero­sion caused by heavy rain. As bulbs start to emerge over the com­ing weeks, it’s worth clear­ing leaves and cut­ting back some growth so that snow­drops, win­ter aconites and cro­cus look their best. Try to min­imise dis­tur­bance to over­win­ter­ing wildlife by only cut­ting back the scruffi­est top growth. Put stems on the com­post heap or tuck away in a spot where crea­tures in­side them can con­tinue their hi­ber­na­tion.

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