Planning to transform your garden into a pollinator garden – a vital fast food takeaway for Britain Bees and other beneficial bugs?? If yes, it will be a significant step in the revival of the declining population of wild bees and other pollinators. Among the UK’s bee species, 13 are extinct, while 35 others are on the verge of extinction.
What you have to do is just arrange a menu of delicious pollen and mouth-watering nectar, provide some refreshment in addition to a safe rest house. In return, these beneficial bugs will help to pollinate your garden plants. Plus, you’ll enjoy a lovely garden full of colour, buzzing sounds of insects, and fragrance throughout the year.
Curious to learn how to invite butterflies, bees, hoverflies, and other pollinator insects to your garden? Don’t worry. Just read on this post till the end and discover the tips for making a pollinator garden.
The Pollinator Garden – Avoid Pesticides
The use of pesticides and herbicides is one of the major reasons for pollinators’ decline. Use organic pest control methods if you don’t have any other options.
Be careful because some of the organic pesticides are also harmful to beneficial insects. You can opt for pest removal by hand or use water pressure for sturdy plants.
Make your garden a permanent residence for pollinators by providing a safe shelter. A heap of pruned branches, twigs, tree logs, and sawn-off branches provide an excellent habitat for garden-friendly bugs.
Make sure to place these shelters out of sight to offer more security to the bees. Don’t use treated wood because pollinators love natural homes. Also, bumblebees seek holes for winter hibernation. You can create bumblebee nests by arranging some pipe pieces in straw.
Pollinator Garden – Don’t Mow Too Short
Friendly bugs don’t prefer a well-manicured lawn as a shelter. Therefore, let your mower rest and allow the grass to grow longer. Cut the grass less often and less closely when required. Lawn clovers and dandelions are excellent sources of pollen and nectar.
Also, dedicate a portion of your garden where weeds can grow. It will provide natural hideouts to these friendly Insects. Finally, don’t mulch everywhere; leave a part of bare soil as it is for solitary nesting bees.
Pollinator Garden – Arrange a Drinking and Bathing Spot
Bees and other pollinators need water to drink and bathe. So you can add a bathing spot at a prominent site near the flowers. Take a shallow bowl or pot and fill it with muddy water. Place some pebbles in the centre, so the butterflies and bees don’t fall in and drown.
You might have noticed that bumblebees appear tired during winter periods. Prepare an energy drink by mixing some sugar in warm water. Fill the sugar drink in a bottle cap and place it near the bees’ homes (if you know where they are, of course).
Plant Pollinator Friendly Plants For All Seasons
Friendly insects require food throughout the year. So ensure year-round pollen supply by planting a variety of fruit, veggies, wildflowers, and herbs. This way, pollinators will keep visiting your garden in all seasons.
Read on the table to explore the variety of plants for your pollinator garden.
The list does not end here. You can add more varieties depending on your local climate.
Here is our wildflower garden:
Pollinators are as hard workers as gardeners. Without their efforts, you won’t enjoy delicious fruits and veggies. Plus, your harvest will disappoint you. So, avoid messing with nature. Instead, help in the revival of pollinators by transforming your garden into a wildlife habitat.
Check out the UK Govt. report on bees in the UK.
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