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Building a Pollinator Garden

Building a Pollinator Garden

Attracting pollinators to your garden is fun and easy!

Whether it is springtime or not, it is never too late to consider building a pollinator garden. Not only does it help out the local ecosystem, but it also provides an opportunity to watch wildlife and do something fun and worthwhile, whether alone or with family or friends. Building a pollinator garden takes planning, but you can boil it down to these few steps.

Work with the Land

The first task is to work with what your property has to offer. Remember, you can work with your front, side, and back yards; it doesn’t just have to be the backyard! Questions to ask would be, “How much sunlight or shade does my yard have?” “What is my property’s soil type?” “How much can I afford to change what I have?” The easiest and most affordable solution is to see what plants and wildlife thrive in your particular type of land.

Know Your Audience

At the same time, consider what kind of pollinators you would like to attract. Are you aiming to invite bees, butterflies, birds, beetles, or bats? You actually have many options, and you’re bound to invite more than one kind of pollinator without even trying. However, it is best to design your pollinator garden for at least one type for the best results.

Choose Your Plants

The next step is to choose your plants. Pollinators can feed off plenty of exotic plants, like hostas and peonies, so do not feel like you absolutely have to banish all foreign plants from your garden. On the other hand, plants native to Maryland help to preserve the original habitat and diet of all in Maryland’s ecosystem. They are also easy to maintain because they thrive in their native soil and can add something new and pretty to your garden.

Choose Your Planting Method

Now that you have chosen your plants, it’s time to decide whether you will plant young or mature plants or by seed. If you use seeds, you can sow them in the fall or late winter so that they have time to acclimate. If you plant grown species, be sure to follow directions regarding when, where, and how to install them.

Add Water, Habitats, Etc.

You don’t have to stop with plants alone; pollinators also enjoy baths, water stations, places to perch, and places to call home. 

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