Gardeners Can Make a Difference – Help Protect Our Native Pollinators!
A pollinator-friendly yard not only provides nectar and pollen for the pollinators, but also nesting sites and/or host plants on which pollinators can lay their eggs. When the eggs hatch, the leaves of the host plant are instant food.
Pollinator-Friendly Landscaping Tips:
- Plan for as long a season of bloom as possible (early spring to late fall) with at least three different species of plants blooming at the same time all season. A diversity of plants increases the pollinators and the predator-prey balance.
- Instead of just planting one of each species scattered throughout the garden, try planting at least 3 of the same species together – helps the pollinator save energy.
- Most bees and butterflies prefer sunny, open areas. Pollinators attracted to open sunny areas will also have more choices to pollinate the flowers or lay eggs on the taller shrubs and trees along the borders or north end of your yard.
- Avoid use of chemical pesticides whenever possible.
- Try leaving open areas of soil for ground nesting bees.
(See CoNPS Gardening Guides for sample plans of native plant gardens – www.conps.org/horticulture)
Click here to see photos and a list of Colorado native pollinating plants from the Colorado Native Plant Society!