Many gardeners desire to plant wisely to bring birds, bees, and butterflies to our gardens. We like the idea of gardening for good - not just gardening for gorgeousness.
Choose a sunny location: Pollinators need plenty of sun to thrive, so choose a spot in your yard that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day.
Select pollinator-friendly plants: There are many plants that are great for pollinators, including native wildflowers, herbs, and fruit trees. Choose a variety of plants that bloom at different times throughout the growing season to provide a steady source of nectar and pollen. See our recommendations here.
Places for nest and rest (habitat): Pollinators need more than just food; they also need respite. Consider adding a bee house or providing a section of your garden with undisturbed soil for ground-nesting bees. Also provide a bird bath, fountain, pond, or other watering source for these important garden friends.
Avoid pesticides: This is a big one! Pesticides can be harmful to pollinators, so try to avoid using them in your garden. If you do need to use pesticides, choose ones that are specifically labeled as safe for pollinators (click here for a list).
Maintain your garden: Regular maintenance, including watering, weeding, and deadheading spent flowers, will help keep your pollinator garden healthy and thriving.
It isn't difficult to create a beautiful and beneficial pollinator garden that supports the health of your local ecosystem!