Want more hummingbird, bee, and butterfly visitors to your garden? Follow these simple design tips for starting a pollinator garden in fall.
Plant DiversityAim for a variety of plants with different colors, shapes, and sizes. This diversity will attract a broader range of pollinators, as each species has its preferences.
Grouping and Mass PlantingInstead of scattering individual plants throughout your garden, plant them in groups or masses to create more visual impact, making it easier for pollinators to locate flowers.
Successional BloomingSelect plants that bloom at different times of the year to ensure a continuous food source for pollinators. You'll provide sustenance throughout the growing season and attract a diverse array of pollinators.
Include Host PlantsHost plants are essential for specific pollinator species that rely on them for egg-laying and caterpillar development.
Provide Water SourcesPollinators need water for hydration and reproduction. Create a shallow water feature, such as a birdbath or a small pond, with stones or twigs for landing spots.
Avoid Pesticide UseAvoid using pesticides in your garden, as they can harm pollinators and other beneficial insects.
Avoid Cutting Back Plants Too EarlyMany pollinators, such as butterflies and bees, rely on the stems and foliage of perennial plants for overwintering and shelter during the colder months.
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