At first, one might ask the question, “Why would you want to attract wildlife to your garden?" It's a valid question because no one wants pesky pests interfering with their plush plots. However, many creatures are actually beneficial to garden growth.
To dig into this topic further, lets review ways to maintain the madness associated with attracting wildlife to your garden. Specifically, today we're going to talk about attracting pollinators to your garden.
Who Are Pollinators?
Not all heroes wear capes. In fact – many wear wings. Pollinators are champions for garden growth as they kick start the fertilization of plants. They do this by moving pollen from one part of the flower to another – this pollen then fertilizes the plant and encourages seeds and fruit to sprout. In exchange, the pollinators receive sugary nectar, which fuels them with proteins, fats and essential nutrients. Pollinators are necessary for three quarters of our major food crops as well as the vitamins and minerals that keep humans healthy.
The first example that usually buzzes into mind is the Honey bee. However, many different animals include “pollinator” on their resume, including butterflies, beetles, flies, ants, months and hummingbirds.
How to attract pollinators to your garden:
Just like you, pollinators need food, water and shelter. Add structures like birdbaths or humming bird feeders to attract more pollinators to your garden. Butterflies feed off the salt that collects in muddy birdbaths and an overgrown hedge or decomposing log creates perfect nooks for bees.
Tailor the menu:
Be sure to plant items that pollinators crave. See here for a full list of plants that help attract pollinators.
A little color goes along way – especially in your garden. Bright blooms like lavender, catmint, rosemary and salvia catch the eye of butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.
Using organic garden soil that are free from harmful chemicals, protect you, your garden and pollinators from pesticides.