One of the most important things you can do for your landscape is make it pollinator-friendly. Pollinators, such as butterflies and bees, help landscapes thrive. These creatures are essential for pollination.
What Is Pollination?
Pollination is the process of moving pollen from one flower to another of the same species. This results in fertile seeds. It’s not an optional process; almost all flowering plants need some amount of pollination. Bees and butterflies are the most-common pollinators—but other insects can help.
You could say pollinators are a core part of the ecosystem. When a bee pollinates a flower or plant, fruit sometimes grows; this fruit is eaten by animals or humans.
Bees, despite having a bad reputation, are the most-effective pollinators because they only feed on flowers. In order to eat, they need to pollinate.
Helping Bees Survive
Here are some tips to keep in mind to get the most out of your landscaping:
- Plant native species: Bees are best-adapted to plants that grow locally. Though they can pollinate other plants, local ones are best.
- Plant plenty of each plant: This is done to increase pollination efficiency.
- Plant a variety of plants: Not all bees are the same! Make sure to have a diverse landscape to attract various types of bees. You should vary the color and shape of plants to accommodate more pollinators.
- Avoid using pesticides: These chemicals kill bees.
- Overlap bloom times: Bees and other pollinators need to eat throughout the year. Keep pollinators around for the whole season by having plants that grow at various times.
- Plant where pollinators will go: In particular, bees prefer sunny spots with some protection from strong wind.
You should also provide habitats for your pollinators, such as shrubs or a bee nesting block. This is done to make sure the pollinators keep coming back.
What Attract Pollinators?
- Cone flowers
- Black-eyed Susans
- Butterfly weeds
Contact Five Seasons Landscape Management for more information about how to attract pollinators to your Columbus, Ohio landscape.