First things First – What is a pollinator garden? It is any garden designed, developed and maintained to attract beneficial insects, birds and animals using flowers, herbs. shrubs and trees to create a sustainable environment.
They can range in size from a collection of potted plants on a patio or balcony to multi-acre estates. Pollinator gardens can be grown in sun or shade. good soil or bad, as well as in wet or dry areas.
The most important rule of thumb for success is to plant the right plant in the right spot.
So, let’s get started with a list of Do’s and Don’ts:
- Do get started. Consider native or adapted plants for our area. These plants will grow without a lot of extra work and attract the pollinators already in the area.
- Do use a variety of plants that bloom at different times of the year. Pollinators need food and water all year long. Use flowers, both annuals and perennials, herbs, vegetables, shrubs and trees to attract a variety of pollinators.
3. Provide a bird bath, fountain and/or pond near your garden for water.
4. Don’t use herbicides or pesticides on or around your garden. They kill both good and bad plants and animals.
5. Once planted, mulch your garden. Mulch inhibits weeds, conserves water, and provides cover to encourage success.
6. Encourage birds into your garden to help control pests by putting up a feeder and birdhouses to provide places to nest.
7. Set up a place near your garden where you can sit and watch the birds, bees, butterflies, dragonflies, lizards, and frogs as they inhabit your garden.
Enjoy your garden and have fun playing in the dirt.