Pollinators are an important part of our ecosystem. Many plants can’t reproduce without their help. Having thriving pollinator friendly plants in our surroundings mean fresher air and more beautiful surroundings while supporting the local wildlife. Butterflies and bees are two of the most common pollinators. The population of bees is dwindling, which could have a long-term negative effect on our planet. This is why it’s so important to do our part to support these helpful flying insects!
Planting things in your garden that attract these critters and give them the food they need are great ways to support the local plant life in your area.
If you want to choose plants that benefit the pollinators in your yard, take a look at these tips before your next visit to the garden center.
- Think of a Landing Pad- If you were a flying animal, you’d need a nice big spot to land, right? Choose plants with large spaces for landing and picking up all that beneficial pollen. Bees and butterflies are attracted to flowers that make their job easier. Consider this when shopping for new plants.
- Plant Herbs- Herbs are a delicious way to add flavor to your meals and beauty to your yard. Pollinators love plants like basil, chives, marjoram, oregano, and lavender to name a few. These herbs will attract the right kind of bugs to your yard and support the work of your local pollinators.
- Go Wild(Flower)- Native wildflowers are a simple and effective way to support the butterflies and bees in your community. It’s easy to find native wildflower packets online and in your local garden center. Devoting a large swath of your yard to nurturing wildflowers is an easy way to make your backyard a haven for the types of wildlife needed to support your community’s horticulture. Plus, you’ll love the chance to clip these beauties for a vase!
- Choose Plants Known for Pollination- Marigolds, coneflowers, and geraniums are all known for being especially helpful to the population of pollinating critters. Next time you’re hoping to do some landscaping, consider these plants mixed into your flower beds.
- Keep Pesticides at Bay- It’s easy to kill off beneficial critters with the pesticides used in your yard. Consider chemical free weed and pest products in your yard. Not only will they protect beneficial bugs, but they’ll also be safer for your family and pets.
Pollinators work hard for us, and it’s simple for us to support their hard work in the choices we make in our yards. Consider these tips the next time you’re thinking about adding plants to your yard. They’ll bring thriving wildlife to your yard, support beautiful plants, and ensure our planet continues to stay green for years to come!