Help the Bees! Grow a Pollinator Garden!
Do your part in reviving the bee population by growing your very own pollinator garden! Wild bees, one of the 20,000 known pollinators, has dramatically decreased in number over the past few decades. Since they are the main source of pollination for our farmland crops, it is crucial that we help to increase their numbers. The use of pesticides, destruction of natural habitats, herbicides and bee diseases all have contributed to this downward trend.
So, what can we do? By growing specific plants that attract bees, this will increase the number of bees available to pollinate plants. Pollination is crucial to the growth of our foods. Without bees and other pollinators such as the bumblebee, and butterfly, our food supply would diminish significantly.
Here is a guide on creating a great habitat to attract bees to your pollinator garden:
- Grow plants that are native to Florida. Plants and flowers that originate from the area are four times more likely to attract bees.
- Color makes a difference! Bees tend to be drawn towards blue, purple, yellow and white flowers. This gives you many options and creates a beautiful canvas of color to your garden.
- Do not use pesticides and herbicides. Try to limit, if not abstain, from using pesticide and herbicides since they are toxic to the bee. If you need to rid your garden of bugs, try to use organic methods or introduce insects that prey on the bothersome bugs.
- Place your bee-friendly plants together in clumps, which will attract a larger group of bees than if you space them further apart.
- Do not keep a very clean garden. Bees like materials to build their nests with and will scavenge through your garden. The more nesting materials, the more bees.
- Make your garden a “year round” fun-land for the bees. Plant a variety of flowers that bloom at different times of the year.
If you need more advice on the flowers and plants that we carry here at Shell Lumber’s garden center, stop on by or give us a call. We will help guide you in the right direction to make the best pollinator garden for your yard. We are located at 2733 S.W. 27th Avenue Miami, Florida 33133, visit us online at www.shelllumber.com or give us a call locally at 305-856-6401 or Toll Free 800-621-6391.