Bees and Other Pollinators in Your Garden

We all know that the bee population is diminishing and that this is bad not only for the environment, but also for the pollination of our fruits and veggies.

There are many plants that can help attract bees and other pollinators to your garden.

Colors

Having similar colored plants will attract pollinators. We’re not suggesting that the whole garden needs to be the same color theme, but that plants should be planted in groups consisting of like colors.

Usually five to seven in a clump is fine.

Food

There are two major factors to attract bees and other pollinators to your garden. Pollen and nectar.

Pollen is what is needed because that is what they use to feed themselves and the hive. It is their main source of food. Although forager bees do not consume the pollen, it is for the workers and for the larvae to consume.

Nectar is the secondary source of food. Having plants that are high in nectar will help attract bees to your garden. Nectar is gathered and then taken back to the hive. It is then passed around the hive until it is completely avoid of water. That is when it becomes the honey we all love to enjoy.

Their Home

Bees and other pollinators have different types of homes. When looking to attract the different pollinators, you need to have a few different places for them to survive.

Dead wood and brush piles are some of the places that pollinators like to live along with untilled land. Others, like moths and butterflies, prefer somewhere to place their cocoons so that their offspring survive.

Like all animals they will all need a source of water. Damp ground is a decent source. They best way is to maintain a shallow container of fresh water with some pebbles in it. This provides a safe way for them to land and consume water.

Shades of Green has a large selection of plants for pollinators to choose from. Plus our knowledgeable staff is able to assist you in your choice of plants. Call, contact or pass by and ask all of the questions you need answered. We are here to help you and keep your garden looking beautiful year round.

4 Comments

  • SUE NEWMAN
    June 18, 2020 @ 4:50 pm

    Please add me to your news letter. I just removed 3 native trees from my back yard. They had been there over 75 years but they were crowding each other out and threatening to fall over the fence into my neighbor’s property. I was very sad to see them Go! Now i must replant but I have no idea where to start what to plant. I would love some type of flowering shade tree.

    • ShadesOfGreen
      June 20, 2020 @ 8:01 am

      As per your request, we have added you to our newsletter, which goes out the first Thursday of every month. — With regards to your trees, you have many options. We’d suggest coming by to speak with one of our staff, who will help you select the right species for your needs. Summer is not the ideal time to plant, but you can certainly start exploring what is available.

  • Tom grainger
    September 20, 2020 @ 7:22 pm

    Do you test soil?

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