Bee-utify Your Garden

Hey there earth-lovers – sun’s out and it's time to get your green thumbs on. Bee-utify your garden and help the planet at the same time by planting a few pollinator-friendly plants. Power the pollinators with this five-step, buzz-worthy guide on how to create a healthy and sustainable ecosystem in your own backyard, terrace or balcony.

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1. Get “Seedy”
The first step to planting for the planet and pollinators is to get “seedy”! That means you need to find some native plant seeds that are appropriate for your region. Native plants are adapted to the local climate and soil, so they require less water and fertilizer than non-native plants. They also provide food and shelter for pollinators like bees, butterflies, and birds. You can find these at your local garden center, online, or even from your local conservation organization.

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2. Plant A Bee-utiful Garden
Bees are essential for the success of many of our food crops, but they’re in danger of disappearing due to habitat loss and other environmental factors. To help protect and attract bees to your garden, choose flowers that bloom in different seasons and are rich in nectar and pollen, such as lavender, sunflowers, and daisies. This will ensure that pollinators have access to food sources throughout the season.

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3. Grow “Bee-Friendly” Trees
This tip is for the backyard owners out there. Plant trees! Trees are excellent for the environment, providing shade, oxygen, and habitat for wildlife. To create a bee-friendly environment, try planting trees that flower in the spring when bees come out of hibernation, such as black locust, cherry, and apple trees.

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4. Plant a Pollinator-Friendly Lawn
When thinking about lawn care, we often forget that it can have an impact on the environment. To help create a bee-friendly lawn, try mowing less often, allowing some of the clover and dandelions to remain. These flowers are great sources of nectar and pollen for pollinators.

5.  Create a Butterfly Haven
Butterflies are also important pollinators, so why not create a haven for them? Plant a few shrubs and bushes with colorful flowers and blooms, as well as some herbs and vegetables. Butterflies love a variety of plants to feed on, so try to strike a balance between perennials and annuals. Additionally, avoid using pesticides or herbicides in your garden to ensure a safe and healthy environment for these stunning creatures.