Most food plants that we grow in our yards will not produce fruits or vegetables without pollination. Improve your garden's productivity and support local pollinator populations by creating habitat they'll love!
Choose plants pollinators love
- Whenever possible, choose native plants that attract pollinators
- Choose plants that will grow best in your site conditions (soil type, light, planting space, etc.)
- Choose plants that have not been treated with systemic insecticides
- Plant pollinator "corridors" comprised of pollinator-friendly plants that encourage pollinator movement and connect habitat areas
- Incorporate non-flowering plants and grasses, then plant in groups to provide nesting and overwintering habitat
- Double-flowered plants frequently lack pollen or nectar; these should not be the only plants in your landscape
- Do not plant invasive species
Undisturbed areas are ideal for pollinator nesting
Management practices influence pollinator activity
- Accept some insect damage on plants
- When using a pesticide, choose a product that won't harm pollinators, apply when pollinators aren't foraging, and follow the label exactly
Thanks to Minnesota Department of Agriculture for providing the above information.
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Mason Conservation District
450 W Business Park RD
Shelton, WA 98584
Phone: (360) 427-9436
Fax: (360) 427-4396