Our butterflies and other pollinators are under attack from the continued use of pesticides and herbicides. In addition, the development of former open areas and old farm fields is progressing at an alarming rate – not only affecting our pollinators – but our songbirds. What can you do?
Small Steps for Big Changes
- If you have a lawn service company tend your yard or landscape, ask for only organic treatments without herbicides. You might have a few weeds, but you will also have more beneficial insects and therefore more birds and butterflies!
- If you have a mosquito control application – only accept organic treatments without chemical insecticides.
- If you have a large lawn, consider allowing a portion of it to grow unmowed or start a meadow or mini-meadow.
What You Can Plant to Aid the Pollinators
At the very least, you can plant more pollinator/butterfly-attracting perennials. You’ll appreciate the color and so will our pollinator friends. Here are a few great plants to start out:
- Butterfly Weed
- Perennial Sunflower
- Black-Eyed Susan
- Iron Weed
- Bee Balm
By doing some or all of these ideas you can become part of the solution. We would also love to help you create a beautiful, natural landscape that helps our local pollinators and animals. Schedule a free consultation with our team at Naturescapes today!