Pollinators bring the buzz to your garden. Bees, butterflies and birds keep your vegetable garden growing and flower garden blooming. They are essential to a healthy landscape and a healthy planet.
Just put out the welcome mat, and they will come.
Plant a Garden for Pollinators:
- Grow a garden with a variety of colorful flowers and foliage that bloom from early spring into late fall.
- Dig up some of the lawn and plant flowers. Either start seeds or purchase bright, colorful plants at your Garden Center.
- Grow easy flowers such as daisies, sunflowers, coneflowers, calendula, chrysanthemums and asters.
- Try native perennials such as Joe Pye weed, black-eyed Susans and butterfly weed. Natives require less care and water.
- Avoid using pesticides and limit herbicides.
- Let your garden be a little messy. Don’t cut everything back in fall. Birds, bees and butterflies like a messy garden.
- Buy or make a nesting box for native bees. Many, like mason bees, live solitary lives but need nests. Making one from scratch is an easy project for winter, or you can buy kits.
- Add nectar by providing a hummingbird feeder.
- For specific plants to grow in your area, read more about pollinator gardens.