Adding a few items to your backyard can turn it into an oasis for pollinators. Pollinators are so important to the health of crops that we consume but unfortunately, the bee population is declining. The Environmental Protection Agency states that one of the main factors that are leading to the decline of pollinators is the lack of nutrition caused by habitat loss. We can all help restore pollinator habitats by adding a few things to our backyards.
An elaborate garden is not needed as a few pots full of flowers will do just fine! Adult pollinators eat nectar for their nutrition, but their larvae need the leaves. You will want to make sure that the flowering plants that you are planting are native to your area as native pollinators are adapted to native plants. You will also want to make sure that you are planting the same species of flowers in clumps as pollinators are more attracted to clumped blooms versus randomly dispersed blooms. Bees are also more attracted to white, blues, purples, and yellows. Also, remember to never use pesticides or herbicides!
In addition to flowering plants, two additional items to add to your garden is a watering dish and bee and butterfly homes. For a watering dish, a shallow plate or tray will do just fine. If you are interested in adding a mason bee home to your garden check out last week’s blog on how to build a simple home!