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What Can I Do to Help Pollinators?

Back to Pollinators and Natural Enemies

bee on an aster
Aster flowers attract bees, butterflies, and moths.

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.

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! Accept some foliage loss.
  • Do not use pesticides.
  • More ways to attract and conserve beneficial insects in your garden

Additional Resources

Pollinator Photo Gallery

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