Every food source and habitat provided can help pollinators rebound from the challenges they face. You can provide food and habitat in your garden to help pollinators thrive.
Here are seven ways to make your garden a haven for native pollinators:
- Use pollinator-friendly plants in your green spaces. Shrubs and trees such as dogwood, blueberry, cherry, plum, willow, and poplar provide pollen or nectar, or both, early in spring when food is scarce.
- Choose a mixture of plants for spring, summer, and autumn. Different flower colours, shapes, and scents will attract a wide variety of pollinators. If you have limited space, you can plant flowers in containers on a patio, balcony, and even window boxes.
- Eliminate pesticide use in your green spaces, or incorporate plants that attract beneficial insects for pest control.
- Accept some plant damage on plants meant to provide habitat for butterfly and moth larvae.
- Provide clean water for pollinators with a shallow dish, bowl, or birdbath with half-submerged stones for perches.
- Leave dead tree trunks, in your green spaces for wood-nesting bees and beetles.
- Support land conservation in your community by helping to create and maintain community gardens and green spaces to ensure that pollinators have appropriate habitat.
Thanks to Birmingham Open Spaces Forum for the lovely drawing they published in Facebook