Hello again friend,
Welcome to your next Mindful Fall CleanUp challenge!
This is another action item, so if you’re excited to get out into your landscape and enjoy a gorgeous fall day, move your body, get your hands in the soil and enjoy interacting with your plants, you’ll love this challenge.
Your challenge is to build habitat bundles for overwintering wildlife.
By this time, you may have observed that there’s natural “debris” in your yard that you’d like to relocate, to “tidy up” a bit. There is a way to do this while still benefiting wildlife.
Today we’ll give you the basics of wildlife habitat bundles, so you can get started easily. Winter (not fall) is the ideal time to prune woody trees and shrubs, while they’re in dormancy. Getting your wildlife bundle set up now will make it easy to add branches to it later.
Heads up: don’t prune now! It can stimulate growth at a time when the plant is trying to conserve resources for winter dormancy. We don’t want to do that, so this is another call to rest, relax, and realize that nature knows best. It’s ok to do little to nothing!
What is a wildlife habitat bundle?
Some call it a habitat hotel! Others call it a pile o’ sticks. Honestly, wildlife doesn’t care what you call it, they’d just appreciate a space where you don’t feel the need to make a ruckus, haha.
It can be as simple as finding a place in your yard, tucked away from human traffic, where you can pile fallen branches, sticks, leaves, pruned twigs, unwanted plants that you’ve removed from gardens (there are ways to do this safely so they don’t keep spreading!), and any organic material you’ve relocated from other parts of the landscape.
>>> Here's a link to our IG post showing multiple examples!