Invite Pollinators

The way we treat our yards can be detrimental to the environment and the well-being of wildlife, as well as our families and pets. The decline of species, and especially the drastic decrease of insects and pollinators, should be a concern for everyone.

The good news is that our yards can also lead the way to the restoration of our environment. All we have to do is……less.

 

  • Bumble bees climb over bee balm flowers at the Project Native seed bank field, Tuesday, August 2, 2016. Ben Garver — The Berkshire Eagle | photos.berkshireeagle.com

    Don’t mow too often

  • Don’t use leaf blowers
  • Consider your lawn as an area rug, rather than a wall-to-wall carpet, with enough vegetative growth around it for animals and pollinators to shelter and nest.
  • Don’t clean all the dead branches and leaves. These provide valuable habitat for pollinators.
  • And, most important: don’t use toxins. Whatever sales literature tells you, there is NO “safe” pesticide that targets a single species.

Pollinators are insects, bees and butterflies that bring pollen from one plant to another, enabling the growth of fruit and further propagating the plant. Without pollinators we would have very little fruit and vegetables to harvest. Without pollinators we lose songbirds and other wildlife that depend on pollinators as their food source. A healthy yard needs pollinators.

Inviting pollinators in your yard is easy. We have a list with beautiful, easy and deer resistant plants that attract bees and butterflies. If you plant them, the pollinators will come.

Pollinators and other beneficial insects keep pests in check. If you use insecticides you will harm pollinators and beneficial insects, which will then cause pests to grow and spread. Insecticides often create a cycle  in which the toxins, by eliminating natural predators, do exactly the opposite of what they were meant to do: promote pests. In addition, pesticides can be harmful to your family and pets.

More Ways to Invite Pollinators to Your Yard:

Selecting Plants for Pollinators

Great plant for pollinators in the Northeast

 

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