Spring has well and truly arrived. Every morning we awake to birds singing, bees buzzing, and beautiful ornamental trees blooming outside our windows. With the joys of flourishing landscapes come many frustrations, too: weeds, disease, and springtime pests. Many landscapers take an offensive approach to dealing with unwanted spring guests. But what about the ones we need?
Bees, Trees, and Pollinators
Without pollinators, the world would lose thousands of its most popular foods, beverages, and other goods. Native bees and insects produce $40 billion worth of products each year. Apples, blueberries, almonds, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and potatoes are among the foods sustained by natural pollination. But pollinators are in trouble. Their population is in sharp decline. Chemical misuse, loss of habitat, and invasive plant species are slowly killing America’s pollinators. Over the last 10 years, America has lost over 50% of its managed honeybee colonies. And efforts like Save the Bees campaigns aren’t enough.
Planting for Pollinators
What can landscapers, businesses, and homeowners do to help? Reducing your ecological footprint by using organic fertilizers and non-harmful pesticides is a great start. Planting for pollinators is the crucial next step. A few ways to make a big difference include:
- Replace lawns with flowering shrubs
- Cultivate native plants known to attract pollinators
- Provide houses or nesting areas for bats and native bees
- Protect existing habitats on your property
- Leave dead trees standing if they pose no threat to buildings, roads, or power lines
It’s time to get planting. Call 3am Growers to learn more about buying trees and shrubs to attract pollinators.