Humans tend to think of the need to tidy up the vegetation in their yards, especially after the growing season is over and plants start dying back.  But, for the sake of the birds, suppress that urge!  Don’t prune trees and shrubs in the fall, as migrating birds need cover and shelter.  Leave the dead leaf litter under the plants, as it attracts insects which birds will feed on.  And don’t deadhead flowers, as their seeds can be an important source of food for birds and other wildlife.  Think about how nature looks when you hike along a trail in a national park; it may appear a bit disheveled by city standards, but it provides great habitat for birds!


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