I have additionally been slicing a bit larger on some of the stems. Do you may have another ideas for conducting an insect-friendly spring backyard clean up? If a part of your spring garden clear up involves pruning back woody perennials or shrubs, hold a sharp eye out for cocoons and chrysalises. Some of our most stunning moths and butterflies spend the winter in a fragile cocoon dangling from a department, including the swallowtails , the sulfurs, and spring azures. Allow any branches with a cocoon or chrysalis current to stay intact. To eliminate rats in your garden fill a large bucket 1/4 filled with water, throw some sunflower seeds onto water to imitate a full bucket of seeds to the rats.