We often spend time trying to figure out ways to keep critters out of our yards. Not all critters are bad, however, and landscaping for some of them can be beneficial. Take the birds and bees, for instance. In recent years, pollinator gardens have risen in popularity; for good reason. Pollinators, such as hummingbirds, bees, butterflies, moths, and beetles are a tremendous part of the ecosystem—contributing to the food chain of about 1/3 of the food we eat. Through contemporary development and agriculture practices around the world, though, these animals are losing their primary food sources.
Pollinator gardens help to replenish some of that food source and make your landscaping a more robust and colorful environment at the same time. When planning a pollinator garden, here are key factors to keep in mind.
Caring for Pollinator Gardens
Choosing the plants/flowers and getting them in the ground is just the first step. Once completed, you’ll need to shift your focus to maintenance. We mentioned native plants a moment ago. While they will attract native pollinators, they will also require less maintenance that most other plants. That said, your entire garden will still require care.
Share Your Pollinator Garden
When your pollinator garden is all set up, consider registering it with the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, where you can also find other resources on pollinator gardens. Also, if you are thinking about installing a pollinator garden or any other landscaping, feel free to call E.P.M. of Michigan at (517) 990-0110 or contact us online.