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Protecting Pollinators in the Garden: Cultivating a Haven for Nature’s Helpers

Butterfly on a flower

Pollinators play a vital role in the survival and productivity of countless plant species. Bees, butterflies, birds, and other pollinators facilitate the transfer of pollen, enabling plants to reproduce and produce fruits, seeds, and other important resources. However, these invaluable creatures face numerous threats, including habitat loss, pesticide exposure, and climate change. By taking steps to protect pollinators in our gardens, we can contribute to their conservation efforts and ensure the sustainability of our natural world.

Create a Pollinator-Friendly Habitat

Transforming your garden into a haven for pollinators begins with providing suitable habitats. Incorporate a variety of native plants with a diverse range of flowers and with varying colors, shapes and sizes that bloom throughout the growing season, offering a consistent food source. Including host plants specific to certain species can also encourage their presence. Additionally, consider leaving patches of bare ground, brush piles, or dead wood, as these provide nesting and overwintering sites for bees and other insects.

Here is a list of pollinator-friendly plants that you can consider adding to your garden:

  • Bee Balm (Monarda)
  • Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia)
  • Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
  • Coneflower (Echinacea)
  • Lavender (Lavandula)
  • Salvia (Salvia spp.)
  • Sunflower (Helianthus)
  • Goldenrod (Solidago)
  • Milkweed (Asclepias)
  • Penstemon (Penstemon spp.)
  • Zinnia (Zinnia elegans)
  • Lupine (Lupinus)
  • Lantana (Lantana camara)
  • Phlox (Phlox paniculata)
  • Catmint (Nepeta)
  • Oregano (Origanum)
  • Hollyhock (Alcea rosea)
  • Verbena (Verbena spp.)
  • Sedum (Sedum spp.)
  • Aster (Aster spp.)

Say No to Chemical Pesticides

Opt for organic pest control methods, such as companion planting, which involves intermingling pest-repellent plants with susceptible plants. Additionally, attracting natural predators like ladybugs and lacewings can help keep pest populations in check. Do not use chemical control methods if possible as they can have devastating effects on pollinators.

Provide Water and Shelter

Pollinators require water not just for hydration but also for important activities such as mud-puddling. Create shallow water sources, such as a birdbath with pebbles for insects to land on, or a small pond with floating plants for bees and butterflies to safely access water. To shelter pollinators from harsh weather and predators, incorporate features like bee houses, bat boxes, or birdhouses. These structures provide nesting sites and refuge, ensuring their well-being throughout the year.

Protecting pollinators in the garden is an essential responsibility for every nature lover. By creating a pollinator-friendly habitat, avoiding harmful pesticides, providing water and shelter, and embracing sustainable practices, we can safeguard these essential creatures and preserve the delicate balance of our ecosystem.

Gardening tips provided by Down to Earth Living garden center, nursery, outdoor and patio furniture store, and Christmas tree shop serving Bergen County NJ, and Rockland County, Orange County and Westchester County in NY.