Native plants can help create a pollinator-friendly landscape
Thanks to native plants, we often enjoy aesthetic benefits
offered in our communities by these grasses, shrubs, trees and their flowers. Not only do they add charm
and character to land, they also provide important habitat to wildlife like
pollinators and insects.
Pollinators are responsible for pollinating more than 80
percent of the world’s flowers, globally. Without the hard work of pollinators,
our plates would become scrawny and charming landscapes would become an eye
soar. That’s why it’s important to keep bees, butterflies, bats, beetles, moths,
birds and other critters around so they can continue providing food, beverages,
medicine and fiber – all goods essential to our quality of life.
By providing pollinator’s key food sources like plants producing
abundant nectar and pollen, we are also keeping ourselves healthy since about
1/3 of all the food we eat depends on their pollination. There are many native
wildflowers, shrubs and trees that are great food sources and provide habitat
for pollinators, including red bud in the spring, butterfly milkweed in the
summer, and yellow showy goldenrods in the fall.
Bees are the most important pollinators responsible for healthy
American crops and help produce billions in revenue annually. Bees and other
critters visit flowers, seeking nectar for energy and pollen for protein. By
chance, they may brush against the flowers’ reproductive parts, dropping pollen
collected from other plants, which, through the phenomenon of plant
reproduction, produces our favorite fruits and seeds.
pollinators are critically important to our nation’s food supply, they are in
trouble, but conservation can help. Taking the right steps to create pollinator
habitat and healthy forage can help reverse their decline.
This week, help celebrate National Pollinator Week, June
pollinator-friendly plants in your landscape like native shrubs, wildflowers,
and trees such as cherry, willow, maple, and
poplar, which provide pollen or
nectar early in the spring when food is scarce.
a diverse mixture of flowers for spring, summer and fall. Diverse flower
colors, shapes, and scents attract a variety of
fluttering and crawling
pollinator friends. If you have limited space, you can plant flowers in containers on a
patio, balcony, and even
non-chemical solutions to reduce or eliminate the use of pesticides in your
landscape. Incorporate plants that
attract beneficial insects for pest control
and, if you do use pesticides, use them sparingly and responsibly.
Accepting some plant damage on plants meant to provide
habitat for butterfly and moth larvae.
clean water for pollinators with a shallow dish, bowl, or birdbath with half-submerged
stones for perches.
dead tree trunks, also called “snags,” in your landscape for wood-nesting bees and beetles.
land conservation in your community by helping to create and maintain community gardens and
green spaces to
ensure that pollinators have appropriate habitat.
and ranchers are also doing their part to help pollinators. USDA’s Natural
Resources Conservation Service works with private landowners in South Carolina to
create and improve pollinator habitat, offering more than two dozen
conservation practices, or activities, that help pollinators.
and forests with wildflowers and other plants are a fortress to pollinators and
a great food source. NRCS also provides guidance on ways you can establish and
maintain native plants on your land.
Learn more about pollinators by visiting
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service helps America’s
farmers and ranchers conserve the nation’s soil, water, air and other natural
resources. All programs are voluntary and offer science-based solutions
that benefit both the landowner and the environment. Learn more at www.sc.nrcs.usda.gov.
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