Whether you prefer beds overflowing with flowers or neat rows of vegetables, you need a yard that is welcoming to pollinators. Pollinated flowers are more likely to set seed and reseed themselves so that they return year after year, while many vegetables depend upon pollination to produce fruit. The following landscape tips will help you make your property a more inviting location for pollinators.

Tip #1: Provide a water source

Every pollinator, from butterflies and bees to hummingbirds, needs water. You can provide water by including some decorative bird baths in your landscape design. For insect pollinators, shallow is best. Fill the birdbath with smooth pebbles so that the insects have places to land and drink without getting wet. You will need to empty and refill the bird baths daily if mosquitoes are a concern. Another option is to add water features, such as small ponds or fountains. Use a pump to keep the water moving since mosquitoes are less likely to lay eggs in moving water.

Tip #2: Add Some Nesting Sites

A large variety of helpful garden insects may take up residence in your yard if you make them a home. A bug house is similar to a birdhouse, and it can be just as decorative. There are small varieties that you can hang on a fence or tuck into a garden bed, or you can create a large bug house and use it as an interesting conversation piece and focal point in the landscape. These houses contain a lot of different insect habitats in one location. For example, there are hollow bamboo tubes, stacks of cardboard, and small sticks. Each provides a suitable home for a different beneficial insect.

Tip #3: Supply Some Food

Although you want the pollinators to mainly be attracted to your vegetables or flowers, you may need to entice them with a few showpieces. For example, hanging pots of fuchsias interspersed with nectar feeders are a certain draw for hummingbirds. Buddleia, milkweed, and lilacs bring in a variety of different bees and butterflies. Adding a few items that you know attract the pollinators you desire can help encourage them to set up home in your yard.

Tip #4: Skip the Chemicals

Pesticides are a no-go when you are trying to attract pollinators. One way to avoid pest problems is to plant varieties that are native to your area. A landscape designer can help you discover which plants are best. You will then need to practice hand removal tactics for any pests that get out of hand. For example, slugs come out in the evening, so prowl the garden with a flashlight for these pests. Another option is to introduce predator insects for a common pest. For example, lady beetles will eat aphids before the aphids can destroy your favorite flowers. 

If you have a hard time landscaping your yard on your own, contact a business such as Dansons Landscaping Inc. 

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