Creating a Pollinator-Friendly Habitat

pollinator habitatThis week, June 16 – 20, 2014, is National Pollinator Week. The purpose of this week is to help bring awareness of a significant problem that has been plaguing us over the past years – a decline in the pollinator population. You may be interested to know that pollinators are not just bees, but also butterflies, birds, bats, beetles and more, and they are a vital part of our delicate ecosystem. So, in honor of this week and the significance of the life of the pollinators, we are happy to share a few tips to help make your garden pollinator-friendly. Remember that you are not only helping the pollinators by doing so, but also making your garden healthy. A garden without bees, butterflies, beetles, birds and even bats, is a garden devoid of the life-giving relationships that sustain plant reproduction.

What You Can Do for Pollinators:

  • Make homes for pollinators – this can be bird houses, bat houses or beehives.
  • Offer nectar and pollen. If you design your garden so that there is a continuous succession of plants flowering from spring through fall, then you’ll be providing a constant supply of pollen.
  • Select old-fashioned varieties of flowers whenever possible because breeding has caused some modern blooms to lose their fragrance and/or the nectar/pollen needed to attract and feed pollinators.
  • Provide water for butterflies. You may be disinclined to do this due to mosquitoes, but there is a way to have a water supply without attracting those pests. Refill containers daily or bury a shallow plant saucer to its rim in a sunny area, fill it with coarse pine bark or stones and fill to overflowing with water.

Over 200,000 species of animals act as pollinators, and we hope we have inspired you to create a small habitat in your for these important creatures. If you find yourself spending most of your time tending to your garden and can’t seem to find extra time to spend mowing your lawn or pulling weeds, don’t hesitate to contact us!