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Garden Friends

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Many animals are good for the garden. They are beneficial. Honeybees and bumblebees pollinate plants. Some ladybugs eat aphids, a tiny pest that sucks the juice out of plants. Praying mantises are cool, but they eat good and bad bugs, so are not as helpful as others. Garter snakes eat mice and voles and even grasshoppers. Let them stay! Insect-eating birds are garden friends too – blue jays, woodpeckers, bluebirds, sparrows, cardinals and orioles are just a few.

Garden Friends

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