How to Attract Pollinators to Your Yard
This endless Winter is finally making his exit and Spring is striving to take her moment in the spotlight. That means the world comes alive again, both flora and fauna. With a little forethought and preparation, you can craft a pollinator-friendly environment in your yard.
1. Say Nay to Spray
What’s so bad about weeds? Our society’s obsession with “the perfect lawn” causes us to do some pretty crazy things, like dousing our grass with cancer-causing chemicals. With a little elbow grease and determination, you can simply pick the weeds in your yard and spare the lives of countless beneficial organisms while you’re at it!
2. Water for the Win
Keep a shallow dish filled with marbles and water in your backyard for bees and butterflies. They can take a sip and stay hydrated during the long, hot spells of Spring and Summer.
3. Flowers, and Bushes, and Herbs. Oh, my!
Plant native flowers, bushes, and herbs in your yard in a variety of colors. Don’t spread them out; plant them in clumps to create safe havens for pollinators to hide in and do their thing.
4. If You Build It, They Will Come
Bird baths, bee houses, butterfly gardens, etc. Create tiny habitats for pollinators to enjoy and they’ll live long splendid lives in your backyard.
5. Got Milkweed?
Nothing attracts butterflies like native milkweed. It’s simply a must for your annual garden. It can be challenging to grow from seed, so try planting cuttings instead.
6. Forget Fear
People have an unhealthy fear of bees. Each Spring there are those who flock to social media asking which spray is best for banning the bees or which exterminator they should hire to eradicate them from their yards. First, bees are busy and won’t bother you if you don’t bother them first. Second, if you happen to be allergic and truly feel uncomfortable having them in your yard, do an online search for a local apiarist who can come capture and relocate your swarm.
7. Hello, Sunshine!
Plant sun-loving varieties of flowers and other flora and watch the pollinators fill your yard.
8. Never Say Dye
Never add red dye to hummingbird feeders. It’s toxic and unnecessary. A simple solution of water and sugar is all you need.
Pollinators are a crucial part of a healthy ecosystem. Create a welcoming world in your yard to attract them and offer them a safe and happy habitat.