How To Attract Pollinators To Your Garden

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Wildlife are our friends

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Butterfly resting on lantanas

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 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 does 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 take the pollen from the male flowers and carry 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

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?

How to attract pollinators to your garden

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 freshwater source, one or two blows of water.

8. Instead of using pesticides to keep insects at bay, why not incorporate plants in your garden area that will keep insects at bay.

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.

The final word

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.

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Norman loves being in the garden, both at home and for his job....
he is 'Natures Little helper' being outdoors, growing his vegetables and flowers from an early age.
Now having spent over 22 years in the profession he want to give some of his knowledge to others...
his vast array of hints and tips you will find scattered over this site will help you no end growing plants in your garden.

17 thoughts on “How To Attract Pollinators To Your Garden”

  1. Gardening is a favorite hobby of mine. I do not claim to be a specialist in the area, but I am all about the birds and the bees. Every years I plant numerous sun flowers that the bees and humming birds love. My yard is currently filled with various colors of spring. Yesterday I got a glimpse of my first humming bird for this year.

    Your website is very informative. It is easy to follow. I think that people will truly appreciate the information you have provided. Good luck to you.

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    • Hello,Edie it is so good to meet you, sounds like you are on the right track in giving nature a helping hand. That is so wonderful that you saw your first humming bird, hopefully you will have more visits from our little friends. Thanks for your kind words

      I am glad that I could help, all the best to you and have a good day.

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  2. Hello, I found your website very informative and interesting. You took your time and done a lot with the information you have gathered and I think you very much for sharing this with us. Keep sharing what you know and I can see website along with your business to be a very successful one. I wish you luck on your success 😉

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    • Hello Crystal so good o meet you and thanks a million for your kind words, all the best to you and have a good day.

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  3. I will definitely refer to this article when I plant my garden this spring. This will be so helpful to me. I never thought about planting flowers and foliage that makes birds feel like they are in the wild, along with butterflies, moths, and other insects and bees — beautiful!

    Thank you for sharing this great information on how to attract pollinators to my garden!

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    • Hello Amy so good to hear from you. Pollinators are such a blessing to us in that they help us in such great ways and at no cost to us, it is good to know that you are returning the favor by installing plants that will attract them while providing a home.

      All the best to you and wishing you the best of success. Please let me know if you don’t mind how every thing goes. Thanks again.

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  4. Norman, your website is one of the more informative sites I’ve seen concerning gardening. You’ve done a great job, plenty of content with different topics along with nice visuals. I think you’ve covered most topics very well. What about trees? I didn’t see anything on them. You could add trees as another topic in one’s landscape.

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  5. Hi Norman,
    I like how your website is a true advocate for wildlife- especially in the area of gardening. I love animal’s natural habitats myself. Before reading your posting, I had not looked at pollinators from such an interesting angle. But coming to think of it, pollinators truly are responsible for bringing in billions of dollar and help creating jobs.
    I have a question; I see many birds in nature making their own leaves and twigs homes, how easy is it for them to adopt a man-made birdhouse? Also, how long does it take to attracted them to such a birdhouse? Thanks.

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    • Hello SmileAFresh, so good to hear from you. Thanks a million for those kind words. Once you follow what was discussed in this post that should be good enough to attract them. Before you know it you will have these little helpers of nature as your neighbours.

      Hope this helps, all the best to you and have a good evening. And please do let me know how it goes.

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  6. There’s a saying “busy as a bee” – A huge grain of truth in it. Isn’t there?
    These little fellows around the globe are putting in a tremendous, wonderful effort, & we should really appreciate them for it.

    Exactly, like you say – “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”

    So, next time, when seeing a bee, butterfly, or any other smaller wondrous pollinator-insect..
    ..instead of waving hand at them, we should salute.
    & of course, even better, giving a helping hand by growing more plants that pollinators like.

    Wildlife has important part to play in our lives.

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    • Hello Henry it is so good to meet you and I agree 100% about what you said. We should gave these little helpers a helping hand. Thanks again for commenting. All the best to you and have a good day.

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  7. Hey,
    It is easy to forget about the pollinators. I think that it is very important to grow a garden around that house. Also we should build a home for them because they give us so much and return. I like to eat fruits. When I was younger I used to grow a garden with my grandma. She inspired me to do so. Thanks for the great information.

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    • Hello Kendrick so good to hear from you again, Pollinators are such a blessing to us therefore we should do all that we can to ensure there survival. I can see that you are not new to this field and it is also good to know that you know how all of this stuff works.

      Thanks for commenting, all the best to you and have a good day.

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  8. I really enjoyed reading your post!!!!! I would love to have more wildlife around my garden. I will have to admit that I am not too fond of bees. But, I love humming birds. I really liked the part where you said that we should plant plants that naturally repel pesky insects. I am definitely going to look into those plants and what insects they repel. I think that it would be very beneficial for my house. The area I live in is riddled with pesky insects. Great Read!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • Hello again so good to hear form you and I am so glad that I could help. Please let me know how your garden project goes. All the best to you and have a good day.

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