A pollinator is an animal that causes plants to make fruit or seeds by moving pollen from one part of the flower or the plant to another. Why is this important? Pollen fertilizes plants and flowers, and only fertilized plants can make fruits and seeds. Without pollinators, plants cannot reproduce. Think of it this way: without pollinators we wouldn’t have much to eat, or even look at, considering pollinators are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat.
Creating habitats that support pollination are critical to protecting our ecosystem and our economy. National Pollinator Week is June 17-23, 2019. We encourage everyone to learn about what you can do to create pollinator habitats at your home of your work environment. Any site can become a habitat. Here are five easy things anyone can do.
- Utilize plants native to your area (or at the least, non-invasive for your area).
- 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
We are so excited that several of our clients are taking part in the Golden Triangle District’s Golden Streets Program this year, and thrilled that the theme for this year’s competition is creating pollinator habitats. Look for the winner to be announced in late June!
We are always available to facilitate a complimentary walk through of your space and provide a free estimate of our services. You can reach us at 240-531-2066 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to becoming your partner in creating beautiful spaces!