Leave the leaves
My City had a great article in their latest newsletter encouraging residents to utilize 'nature's mulch' rather than putting it to the curb.
Ever wondered where on earth in a surburban setting of all lawn can these insects find a warm and protected enough place to survive Minnesota's winters?
Some insects will find winter homes in hollow plant stems and plant debris, rotting wood logs left on the ground or standing but under leaves are one of the most commonly listed places in my field guides.
This spring, I looked outside into the backyard and we had a Pileated Woodpecker pecking away at one of the first nurse logs we laid in the yard 4 years ago. It probably took some time, but the log most likely has many types of insects in it now that attract the woodpeckers. We now have enough of a shrub and herbaceous layer around the log too that makes me believe that the Pileated felt comfortable enough to settle in for a while and peck at the log.
© Heather Holm, 2015. Heather Holm