University of Maryland Extension

What Can I Do to Help Pollinators?


Pollinator Photo Gallery

Importance of a pollinator-friendly habitat

Pollinators need what everyone else needs: food, shelter, water, a little bit of space to call their own, and a suitable place to raise a family. Nature usually provides all that pollinators need; we just need to stay out of the way and resist disturbing their natural environment.

To help pollinators locate and flourish in your garden:

  • Include local native flowering plants in your landscape
  • Choose plants with a variety of colors
  • Choose flowers with different shapes and sizes
  • Choose plants with different flowering times to provide forage all season
  • Select plants with different heights and growth habits
  • Include plants that are favored food for butterfly caterpillars; the loss of foliage is well worth it! and accept the loss
  • Do not use pesticides

How to Attract and Conserve Beneficials in Your Garden

Native Plants for Attracting Bees, Sara Tangren, Ph.D.
Plants that Attract Pollinatiors and Natural Enemies, Gerald Brust, UM Extension, IPM Vegetable Specialist
Pollinator Partnership - Selecting Plants for Pollinators
USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Pollinator Friendly Plants
Xerces Society fact sheets
Xerces Society - Nests for Native Bees

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