Attract Pollinators To Your Garden: Tips And Tricks
Although gardening is an adored and loved hobby by many, very few people take the right measures to attract pollinators or encourage their survival. Most people are only worried about the health of their plants and will uproot anything that doesn’t seem necessary in the garden. Nevertheless, making your garden pollinator-friendly, such as allowing more flowering plants and wildflowers in the garden would be an added advantage for you. Shrubs and plants that bloom all year round would attract nectar and pollen collecting insects. Bees and butterfly larvae find fennel, milkweed, and dill plants quite attractive.
1. Allow Patches Of Pollinator Friendly Plants In Your Garden
You don't need a large garden to attract pollinators. Even the planter at the door can help attract pollinators to your doorstep and add chrysanthemums for a fall flair. It's best to allow a few patches of your garden to contain plants that support pollinators. This is the first step to restoring healthy pollinators and communities of beneficial insects in the country.
2. Go Organic
Avoid using toxic pesticides in your garden as much as you can. Some of these pesticides (organic ones included) will wipe out everything from beneficial organisms in the soil, to butterfly larvae and bees. Although you might only want to get rid of other pests, such toxic compounds only disrupt the ecosystem making your garden inhabitable.
Use organic methods to control pests. For instance, you could use insects that feed on some of these pests to keep them away. This way, none of the beneficial insects and pollinators will be affected by toxic compounds. If you have to avoid using pesticides on open blossoms.
3. Provide Shelter For These Pollinators
Pollinators too need somewhere they can perch or even hide from predators. Creating/providing shelter for these beneficial insects would, therefore, be a good idea. Consider leaving a part of the lawn to grow wild, or a hedgerow to provide nesting grounds for bees and butterflies. Allow a decomposing log to lie on the ground for some time, or let a pile of grass clippings sit in a sunny spot. Solitary bees and butterflies will find them quite useful.
You could also introduce artificial nesting boxes in the garden as well. Bat boxes, hollow wooden blocks, and a bamboo mason bee house would also come in handy in the garden.
4. Add Special Feeders For Butterflies And Hummingbirds
A pollinator-friendly garden should have one of these. These feeders attract all kinds of pollinators from bees, butterflies, and even hummingbirds to the garden. Be sure to replenish the feeders with enough food for all these.
The pollinators will also want to have a drink after a trip of collecting nectar and pollen. Installing a bird bath, water garden, or even a catch basin would be a fantastic idea. Mud puddles are butterfly magnets too, hence should be included in the garden. Butterflies prefer these puddles for nutrients, salt, and water.
5. Keep Some Bees In The Backyard
Keeping some bees in the backyard would also help make your garden pollinator-friendly. With plenty of flowers in the garden and the neighborhood, the bees will want to nest somewhere close by. Adding a beehive or two in the backyard should attract bees easily. Although an old-fashioned method to encourage pollination, it is still a worthy course for any determined hobbyist.