Earth Day – How can I help the pollinators?

Plants for pollinators

• Habitat opportunities abound on every landscape – from window boxes to acres of farms to corporate campuses to utility and roadside corridors – every site can be habitat.
• Utilize plants native to Georgia. See sample list here +columbusbotanicalgarden.org/georgia-native-pollinators
• Know your soil type and select appropriate plant material.
• Plant in clusters to create a “target’ for pollinators to find.
• Plant for continuous bloom throughout the growing season from spring to fall.
• Select a site that is removed from wind, has at least partial sun, and can provide water.
• Allow material from dead branches and logs remain as nesting sites; reduce mulch to allow patches of bare ground for ground-nesting bees to utilize; consider installing wood nesting blocks for wood-nesting natives.

Reduce or eliminate the impact of pesticides

We are feeding the bees

• Check out the Pesticides Learning Center on the Pollinator Partnership website to learn more about the interactions between pollinators and pesticides!
• Where possible, avoid pest problems in the first place by burying infested plant residues, removing pest habitat, and planting native plants that encourage natural enemies of pests.

• If you must use pesticides, read, and follow ALL label directions carefully.