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

Resources:
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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