Keep Pollinators Safe: 3 Practices to Use in Your Yard

Despite their crucial role in ecological interactions and environmental health, pollinators continue to be endangered due to habitat loss, climate change, and pesticides. Fortunately, your landscape can help preserve local pollinators by incorporating the right plants, avoiding pesticides, and providing essential nutrients. Encourage and protect bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds with sustainable and professional landscaping services.

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Below, we discuss a few ways you can keep pollinators safe:

1. Use Native, Larval Host, & Dead Plants

Work with your landscapers to choose and plant native perennials in clusters throughout your garden. Indigenous to the region, these species flourish from early spring to late fall. Native plants thrive because they prefer the local climate, soil, and pollinators. Additionally, your landscapers can incorporate day-blooming plants that attract butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds rather than moths and bats.

Of course, if you want beautiful butterflies, you must provide for their caterpillars as well. To do so, ask your landscapers to include larval host plants in your garden. These plants are often unattractive and will get eaten, so consider planting them behind prettier ones.

Leave dead trees or limbs around your property as nesting sites for native bees. Place these out of sight if you’d like to prevent them from becoming a safety hazard. If you’d like to be more proactive in encouraging bees to visit your garden, try making a man-made nesting site.

2. Avoid Certain Plants & Pesticides

In contrast to using certain plants, you should avoid others, including foreign and invasive species. Such plants may not only struggle in or disturb the surrounding environment but also be unfamiliar and unwelcoming to local pollinators. Moreover, avoid modern hybrid flowers—especially those with “doubled” flowers—since they often lack the pollen, nectar, and fragrance necessary for pollination.

Also, make your garden more eco-friendly by avoiding pesticides. If you must use them, check their label and make sure they consist of natural ingredients. Then, use suitable substances at night to avoid disturbing active pollinators.

3. Provide Nectar & Salt

Support local pollinators by making artificial nectar with ⅘ water and ⅕ sugar and putting it in a feeder. This “nectar” should include nothing besides plain sugar and water. Also, put something red on the feeder and clean it twice a week with hot, soapy water.

Use drip irrigation or place a dish on the ground to provide a wet area. Then, mix some salt (sea salt offers a wider range of micronutrients) or wood ashes into the puddle to create a damp salt lick for local pollinators.

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