Fall Habitat Day

This morning Nebraska Extension Lancaster County Master Gardeners volunteered and helped me in the Cherry Creek Pollinator Habitat. We had plenty of wonderful rain this year. So the Habitat got a bit over grown. We found the path, bench and picnic table, they were all over grown with native plants and a few weeds. We took out the weeds, cut back a few native grasses, but left everything else. It is important to leave plant material in pollinator habitats for overwintering insects and praying mantis egg cases. Many wildflowers like milkweed and Rudbeckia are dropping seeds now for plants next year. Birds like, American goldfinch, are seed eaters. Leaving the native tall thistle is an important food source for them. I hope we have many more beautiful fall days like today.

MJ Frogge

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Fall in the Habitat

We were treated to a beautiful fall day in the pollinator habitat yesterday. I took advantage of this, by weeding and a little fall clean up.  Not too much clean up, it is good to leave some plant material and leaves.  It is important not to disrupt overwintering areas for beneficial insects. I also planted wildflowers seeds.  A Master Gardener had secured a donation of seeds for us to use. In the collection was purple coneflower.  Thank you Kay! I collected seeds earlier in the fall from the habitat.  So I planted shell-leaf penstemon and whorled milkweed too.

MJ