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Delay pruning to help wildlife now


Fall yard and garden clean-up too often includes pruning trees, shrubs and other plants that wildlife may depend on for food and cover.

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) staff recommend delaying that task to help wildlife during the more difficult fall and winter season.

“If pruning is necessary, the most wildlife-friendly time to make those cuts is late winter,” said WDFW biologist Russell Link. “Right now many birds and other wildlife species are using the seeds and fruits of hawthorn, maple, ninebark, mountain-ash, Oregon-grape, evergreen huckleberry and other species.”

Link advises leaving dried foliage, seed heads and some grasses uncut, too, as many of these...

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