It’s almost time to pull on the gardening gloves and get to work. Many Georgia homeowners are eagerly awaiting spring with visions of flowers and vegetables dancing in their heads. But we wouldn’t have any flowers, vegetables, or fruit if it wasn’t for our pollinators. You may take the credit for your garden but it’s really the pollinators that bring it to life. If you want a backyard bursting full of color this year then follow these tips to get pollinators flocking to your gardens.
When trying to attract pollinators you want to have a variety of different flowers. Not all species are attracted to the same things. Try a mixture of blooming annuals, perennials, and some flowering trees and shrubs. Plant flowers that bloom at different parts of the year so you always have something in bloom. With the constant buzz of activity, pests that feed on your plants will be less likely to show up, since many pollinators feed on them.
Pollinating is thirsty work. To keep pollinators hanging around your garden you should provide them with a place to take a break and get a drink. This can be a pond, a water feature, or a birdbath. Make sure to change the water regularly or use an agitator to prevent mosquitoes from laying eggs.
One of the most heartbreaking things for a gardener is to wake up and find that pests have chewed their way through your garden. Your instinct may be to grab the pesticides but if you are trying to attract pollinators that is a bad idea. Pesticides don’t discriminate between “good” insects and “bad” insects. Many pollinators naturally prey on garden pests so by attracting them you are already installing a security system for your garden.
It’s great to see birds and insects in our yards but the two are natural enemies. Be careful and conscious of where you put your bird feeders and where you plant your garden. We recommend having one in the front yard and one in the backyard to keep your birds and pollinators separate. Keep your bird feeders stocked with plenty of seeds. Birds will go for the easier seeds but if they run out they will go after the next available option, your beneficial insects.
Imagine looking out your back window and seeing dozens of butterflies enjoying your garden. Butterflies are busy pollinators. They can travel long distances in search of pollen but you can keep them around your yard by having a large number of flowers and a place for them to sleep. Putting up butterfly houses around your yard can entice these colorful insects to move in and even breed, ensuring you a new generation of pollinators.
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