Originally Posted by ewizabeth
I leave my plants over the winter so the birds can eat the seeds when it gets cold. It doesn't look quite as nice but I figure more of the plant gets recycled naturally that way. And it helps the wildlife too.
I do a big clean up in the spring when there are other food sources available to them.
Same with me. I live by the adage, *He who rakes last, rakes least*. And there is somewhat less to get rid of in spring than fall. I leave ALL my plants up.
Birds have adjusted to eating the seeds off almost every plant, and it's nice to watch when that's all that's going on out there in the snow.
And think of it this way too, that no matter HOW well I clean up in winter, it's a disaster come spring. Why do it all 2 times? Lazy gardening by Brain.