Activities Beneficial to Pollinators
Provide habitat for pollinators
Urbanization, loss of undisturbed natural areas and crop moncultures are partially to blame for the crisis facing pollinators. What can you do?
Support native pollinators by providing habitat and forage. Utilizing the urban landscape to help solve the pollinator crisis is one of the most powerful ways that individuals can make a difference.
A landscape that is made up predominately of turf grass and non-flowering plants does not provide pollinators with food and forage.
Compared to a landscape made up of a variety of plants with a large number of flowering shrubs, trees, annual and perennial flowers that provides a diversity of food and forage for pollinators of all types and sizes. This garden is located in a parking lot at the Colorado Department of Agriculture offices in Broomfield. The garden attracts a wide variety of pollinators by providing forage through plants that bloom in the spring, summer and fall.
How you can make a difference:
- Plant a wide variety of blooming trees, shrubs, annuals and perenials in your yard. Sonya Anderson with the Denver Botanic Gardens explains how, with Plant Select plants, in Plants, Select and Pollinators; or find a list of Low Water Native Plants for Pollinators and Attracting Butterflies to the Garden.
- Advocate for the planting and seeding of plants that attract pollinators in parks, golf course roughs, open-space areas and along roadways.
- Avoid applying pesticides to plants in bloom. See the pesticide and pollinator safety page for more information.
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