When to do yard clean up in Spring?

Asked March 12, 2020, 1:21 PM EDT

Hello, just out in the yard getting ready to do spring clean up. I left a lot of leaves in the flower beds to help out the bugs, salamanders and other critters. Picked up a flower pot and there were 2 small salamanders. I dont want to disrupt the cycle, but plants are starting to come up. When is it safe to get all the leaves up etc. .

Baltimore Maryland

1 Response

Leaving the leaves is actually a more natural form of mulch that is free and will eventually break down and enrich your soil. Depending on how you feel about it, you could consider leaving a lot of the leaves and just pulling them back from the crowns of your sprouting plants. Salamanders are actually good to have in your garden and there are any number of other insects/cocoons in there too doing their thing while also being a source of food for small mammals, reptiles songbirds etc.
We don't have a 'safe date' per se, but the longer you wait while pulling it back from waking perennials, the better.