Bring Buzz with Bees, Butterflies and Birds

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Difficulty: Beginner
Duration: 1 hour

 

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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:

  1. Grow a garden with a variety of colorful flowers and foliage that bloom from early spring into late fall.
  2. Dig up some of the lawn and plant flowers. Either start seeds or purchase bright, colorful plants at your Garden Center.
  3. Grow easy flowers such as daisies, sunflowers, coneflowers, calendula, chrysanthemums and asters.
  4. Try native perennials such as Joe Pye weed, black-eyed Susans and butterfly weed. Natives require less care and water.
  5. Avoid using pesticides and limit herbicides.
  6. Let your garden be a little messy. Don’t cut everything back in fall. Birds, bees and butterflies like a messy garden.
  7. 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.
  8. Add nectar by providing a hummingbird feeder.
  9. For specific plants to grow in your area, ask your Garden Center associate for assistance or download a Pollinator Friendly Planting Guide from the Pollinator Partnership.

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