The news has been buzzing about the decline of our bee populations, and the dramatic consequences their loss could have globally. According to pollinator.org, an estimated 1/3 of all foods and beverages are made possible by pollinators which is nearly $20 billion worth of products annually.
Without bees, the produce section would be a lot smaller but did you know that you can help protect the pollinators by creating a pollinator-friendly habitat? LawnAmerica wants to spread the word and share two of the easiest ways to make your space more pollinator friendly.
Plant a Pollinator Friendly Space
Choosing an assortment of plants with overlapping bloom periods will provide food for pollinators throughout the season. Here is a list of some native shrubs, trees that bees and other pollinators LOVE:
Early Bloom: Antelope Horns Milkweed, Cream Wild Indigo, Prairie Penstemon, Prairie Spiderwort, and Scarlet Globemallow.
Mid Bloom: Blanketflower, Lemon Beebalm, Mexican Hat, Narrowleaf Coneflower, Narrowleaf Mountain Mint, Purple Poppy Mallow, and White Prairie Clover.
Mid-Late: Baldwin’s Ironweed, Dotted Blazing Star, Leavensworth’s Eryngo, and Wholeleaf Rosinweed.
Late Bloom: Aromatic Aster, Azure Blue Sage, Giant Goldenrod, Maximilian Sunflower, and Showy Goldenrod.
Shrubs and Trees –
Early: Chicasaw Plum
Mid: False Indigo bush
You can find more about these plants at here.
Create a Hydration Station:
Don’t forget, like us, bees and other pollinators need water. A single bee visits at least 2,000 flowers daily so as you might expect, bees need lots of water to keep going. During hot summer days, bees will use the water throughout the day to cool down their hive, dissolve crystallized honey, and hydrate after a busy day.
You can help bees stay cool and hydrated by taking a plastic bowl and filling it with water and glass marbles or even rocks. The marbles provide the bees a nice place to land while hydrating.
You can find instructions to build a hydration station here.