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Why Pollinators Need Your Wildscape!

Why Pollinators Need Your Wildscape!

Did you know that June 19th through June 25th is National Pollinator Week?

It's National Pollinator Week! Time to Wildscape!

So what’s all the buzz about?

You may not know it, but we need pollinators and pollinators need us! One third of all food crops are dependent upon pollinators and 90% of flowering plants need pollinators for reproduction. Without a safe and stable habitat – or Wildscape, these busy bodies are at risk of declining numbers, particularly our bees.

One way we can help promote happy, healthy environments for our pollinators is creating Wildscapes!

What is Wildscaping? It is a form of landscaping that is designed to create a habitat for our wildlife. A Wildscape could be a small portion of your garden, or it could encompass your entire landscape or public space. Whether your Wildscape is big or small, they are all composed of the same key elements.

We need pollinators, and pollinators need us! Time to Wildscape!Create a Home for Your Pollinators, Song Birds, and Other Wildlife

To provide a home, your Wildscape will need to provide structure, food, and shelter for wildlife. Do this by creating different layers and levels of plant materials and cluster them a bit. Solitary plants don’t provide much food or cover for your residents, but clustering plants offers great nesting opportunities! The more diverse the plant materials, the better!

 

Use Native and Regionally Adapted Plants

Wildscapes are meant to create and recreate sustainable, natural habitats that help out our eco-systems. Native and regionally adapted plants are familiar to, and sought out by our wildlife. Not only will these plants draw pollinators and song birds, but they also require less water! Reduce your lawn areas by transforming them into water-wise, functional Wildscapes!

 

Neonicotinoid Pesticides are a Main Factor in Colony Collapse DisorderAvoid Pesticides – Again, AVOID PESTICIDES

One of the major reasons Colony Collapse Disorder is prevalent among bees is because of the use of pesticides. Many pesticides contain neonicotinoids – a synthetic, systemic insecticide that kills bees. There are many plants that offer natural pest barriers, like marigolds. Plus, your song bird residents will help keep the population down since they feed bugs to their little ones!

 

Use Native and Regionally Adapted Plants! Time to Wildscape!Provide Water for Drinking and Bathing

Keep a supply of clean water to keep the wildlife hydrated and clean. Use a bird bath or a container you can easily keep clean. Ponds, water features, bee baths, or misters all work great too!

(Tip: Hummingbirds LOVE fluttering in misters!)

 

Naturally Control Invasive Weeds When Possible

Invasive and noxious weeds degrade habitats and attract pests. Rather than using toxic herbicides, try mulch, rock, or other natural barriers.

Pollinators include bees, moths, birds, ants, wasps, and more! Time to Wildscape!Wildscaping helps restore natural habitats and eco-systems for our declining wildlife populations. If you have a Wildscape, apply for a Habitat Hero Designation and award! Your efforts are worth celebrating! Learn more about being a Habitat Hero HERE!  You can learn more about Wildscaping from the Audubon Rockies and Plant Select HERE!

If you’re interested in designing a Wildscape, whether it’s a large project or just a small area of your garden, give Personal Touch a call! Let’s cultivate sustainability together!

 

 

Sources: http://habhero.org, http://plantselect.org/, http://www.alcc.com, http://adclinic.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/bee-flower.jpg, http://www.theguardian.com/environment/damian-carrington-blog/video/2013/apr/27/march-of-the-beekeepers-protest-pesticides-video

1 Comment
  1. This is so important! People don’t know how much we really need our bees! We need to ban neonics!

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