How to Support Pollinators

6 WAYS TO SUPPORT POLLINATORS IN YOUR GARDEN

If you like food, you can thank honeybees, bumblebees, wasps, hummingbirds, butterflies, and beetles for doing much of the heavy lifting for you. These insects and birds pollinate our food crops from big to small, leading to increased yields and harvests. However, some of our pollinator species are on the decline because of farming and gardening practices — and fewer pollinators mean less food. While I can’t speak for you, my body has become very accustomed to food over the years, and it probably wouldn’t take too kindly to not being fed.

Luckily, there are things we can all do to attract these valuable creatures into our gardens, and most of them are easy and inexpensive.

1. Go native. Plants that are native to your area grow and bloom better, attracting a wide variety of pollinating insects and birds. Check with your local county extension office or a trusted garden center for recommendations of plants that are native to your part of the world.

2. Be organic. Chemicals in our lawns and gardens might get rid of the pesky bugs, but they will also kill off the beneficial ones. Using organic practices in your garden is much more pollinator-friendly — and guess what? Many of the good bugs will kill off the bad guys for you; no chemicals necessary.

3. Plant milkweed. Milkweed is the one plant that the caterpillar of the monarch butterfly needs to survive, and there are over 70 native varieties of it. To learn about our Top 5 recommendations, read our article here {insert hyperlink}.

4. Vary bloom time. While a massive bloom display in the spring is stunning, remember that summer and fall each have their own pollinators that need flowers and host plants. Carefully plan your garden to ensure pollinators visit as often as possible, as these are the kinds of guests that you won’t want to usher out the door after 3 days.

5. Border food gardens. Besides being pretty, native flowers bordering your food gardens bring the pollinators right where you want them to be — to your fruits and veggies. Make it easy on these hard workers so they don’t have to drive so far for a meal.

6. Provide rooms. Hey, everyone needs their privacy, right? There are some species of bees that like to set up camp in small holes in tree stumps or other pieces of wood. To help them out, buy or create a bug hotel, or drill holes in the dead wood of a tree that is still standing.

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