Now that fall is well and truly upon us (at least, for those of us who live in places where seasons seem to change), it's time to focus on garden clean-up.
But don't be too thorough: Leave some plants with decorative seed heads or berries so that birds can easily find food for the winter.
Like the rest of us, birds need some variety in their diets. While many of us enjoy setting out bird feeders in the winter, encouraging them to forage in our gardens is both healthy for them, and good for our gardens. If birds become accustomed to finding food and shelter sources in your garden in the winter, you can be assured they will return in warmer seasons to help you control your insect populations.
Additional tips for encouraging birds to your winter garden: