If you are planning on having a garden then you certainly know the importance of pollinators such as butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. Without these essential creatures, our gardens would be lifeless patches of dirt which is why we should not only protect them but encourage them to visit our yards. To get the most out of your garden, follow these steps to attracting pollinators and keeping them coming back.
When attracting pollinators, you need to plant a large variety of flowers. Certain butterflies can only feed on certain flowers due to the lengths of their proboscis so it’s important to provide accessible flowers to attract the most pollinators. Check out these flowers to add to your butterfly garden.
Hummingbirds are equipped to feed on the nectar of deep flowers that butterflies cannot reach. Planting a few of these flowers around will ensure everyone gets a drink and there’s little competition.
It’s easy to grab the insecticide when you see that some annoying insect has been feeding on your flowers and vegetables. But insecticides are a double-edged sword; they do not discriminate between a tomato worm and a monarch caterpillar or an aphid and a bee. Applying pesticides can kill these beneficial insects and can even hinder the growth of your plants if they are not properly pollinated. Instead, try planting these flowers that naturally repel garden pests.
As a gardener you probably enjoy the sight of birds eating and bathing in your yard. You also enjoy watching butterflies and bees busily flitting from flower to flower. However, if you have these garden visitors too close together it could turn out bad for the insects. That’s why it’s preferable to keep your bird feeders and flower gardens as far away from each other as possible.
Hummingbirds are a rare treat that every gardener wants to visit their yard. Hummingbird feeders are a great way to attract hummingbirds and enjoy these aerial aces at work. Feeders and nectar mixes can be bought at any hardware store. You can also make your own nectar and save it for later.
To keep butterflies and hummingbirds coming back make them feel at home — or rather, make them a home. Hummingbirds usually prefer to build their nests in trees and bushes. So plant some trees and bushes that provide them with adequate shelter. You can also buy pre-made houses built to resemble their natural nesting areas.
Don’t forget about butterflies. These delicate insects need to be protected from strong winds and rain. In their natural habitat, they will nest in overgrown areas but you can attract butterflies to your yard by putting up butterfly houses.
Attracting pollinators is one thing, if you want to keep pollinators around as long as possible then you need to provide for all of their basic needs. Now that you have food and shelter you need the third important resource: water. This can be in the form of:
If you have a birdbath in your yard then you should add a secondary feature so that your butterflies aren’t drinking with the birds.
Hummingbirds are pickier and prefer misters and bubblers for water sources. Since they are constantly on the go they need to bathe on the go as well. Misters are easy for them to fly through and they love it when the water is being sprayed on leaves so they can rub up against it.
Pollinators are great to have in your yard but not all insects are pleasant. Some can cause damage to your yard or become an annoyance once they get into your home.
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