How to plant a garden that will save butterflies and bees
It’s a sad reality that the bee population is declining. This precious species is so important to our ecosystem – plants like flowers, fruits, and veggies need pollinators like bees in order to grow!
Butterflies, another pollinator, are also in danger. While this is very scary news, there are many ways you can help these two species right in your own backyard (or even on your patio)! If you’re looking for a new spring project, keep reading.
Easy tips for a bee-friendly garden
- When it comes to helping bees, variety is key. Plant a variety of flowers and don’t be afraid to leave a few “messy” spots in your yard. Bees find weeds very attractive!
- It’s also important to plant flowers that come into season at different times during the year – that way, bees can always get the nutrition they need. Plants that bloom year-round are a great option to keep the food supply going.
- It’s good idea to provide bees with a shallow source of clean water. Just make sure to keep it filled up so they keep coming back!
- And finally: skip the pesticides! For obvious reasons, bees don’t thrive when deadly chemicals are around.
Create your own butterfly haven
- Like bees, butterflies prefer a little mess. Try leaving a few piles of leaves in which they can lay their eggs.
- Butterflies also like puddles, and won’t turn down a little compost either.
- Ideally, your garden should get lots of sun and also provide shelter from winds; a butterfly box just might do the trick.
Exercise your green thumb
There are lots of plants that both bees and butterflies love:
- Blueberry bushes
Also try planting flowers that are native to your area – butterflies and bees will thrive off their nutrients.
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Want to do even more to help? Check out these 3 ways you can help save bees!
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