How To Attract Pollinators To Your Garden
Wildlife is our friends
What amazes me about nature is the help that we get in order to survive. Who would have ever thought that the production of many foods that we enjoyed depends on these tiny creatures?
Have you ever notice just before the growing season starts there are many even hundreds of bees that swarms your garden area? What these little helpers of nature is actually doing is helping the food chain.
In order for many of our plants to set seed and produce fruits and yield a nice harvest for us to enjoy, these little helpers of nature do their part to make this all possible.
How do this work?
I am glad that you asked. Have you ever heard the word pollination? bees, birds, moths bats and butterflies play an active role in this, what happens is these helpers of nature takes the pollen from the male flowers and carries it to the female flowers.
When this happens fertilization takes place, out of this union seeds and fruits are produced. These helpers of nature are called Pollinators. Billions of dollars are made every year because of these wonders of nature that lend us their free service.
So if you look at it, these helpers of nature are responsible for helping to provide jobs for thousands of people.
They need our help
Sad to say this wildlife that has been of great benefit to us is being destroyed, their natural habitat is being replaced with roads, highways, building, parks etc…. They are forced to travel hundreds of miles in search of a new home, many dying in their pursuit.
How can we help? I am glad you asked. What we can do is invite them into our garden by making our garden a home for wildlife or making a garden that will accommodate them. How can we achieve this?
Steps to take
1.Install plants that pollinators like. According to your zone, you can always get this information from your plant nursery or garden center.
2.when installing plants, use a variety.
3.Plant in masses because when you plant in masses this will attract more wildlife than if you plant singly.
4.Choose plants that love full sun, pollinators love this type of condition.
5.Install plants that bloom during the growing season.
6.Create a nesting place. Use old tree logs, branches, limbs etc… The gold is to make your garden look natural like it would in the wild.
7.Provide a fresh water source, one or two blows of water.
9.The advantages of also incorporating plants that have pollen will attract pollinators which in turn will be of great benefit to your garden giving you a better yield of crops.
Studies have shown over the years that these pollinators are decreasing because of their natural habitat being destroyed, so let’s remember to give them a helping hand as they also give us a helping hand by making life easier for us by providing us a service that is free of charge.