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11 Ways To Attract More Pollinators To Your Yard

Attracting pollinators to your yard comes with many benefits for your garden. Not only can it add visual appeal and a host of insects and animals, but it can also increase your yields. By creating an ecosystem, you can also lower the chance of pests, meaning your plants have even more opportunities to thrive. 

There are tons of ways to attract more pollinators to your yard, and even if you just do a few, you will reap the benefits in no time. 

1. Let it Grow

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One of the easiest ways to attract more pollinators to your yard is to do nothing. When you let your grass and even the weeds grow, you create an ecosystem for the insects.

While bugs may be bothersome in the backyard, consider leaving a portion at the back of your property uncut. Even a small strip of long grass and dandelions can go great lengths to help the local bees and butterflies.

If you have sunflowers growing, leave them in the fall and winter as a natural bird feeder. All the finches and chickadees will flock to your yard.

2. Ditch the Grass

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An alternative to letting it grow is ditching the grass altogether. If your laws allow it, consider replacing grass with plants instead. Not only can this save you time cutting grass, but the flowering plants you grow in this space will bring all the pollinators to your yard.

3. Plant a Diversity of Native Plants

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Whether replacing your grass with a garden or adding new flowers to your beds, select a diversity of native plants. It is one of the most important things you can do to protect the local endangered pollinators. Native plants will attract wildlife more than exotic species. Milkweed, for example, is a crucial plant for the endangered monarch.

Plant a wide variety of native plants, including herbs, fruits, and flowers. Sunflowers are a fantastic choice for all pollinators, and they put on a stunning show in the garden. Bees will be happy if you plant chives and onions near your apple and pear trees, as they don’t like to travel far between plants. It may also increase pollination on your fruit trees.

4. Avoid Chemicals

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Avoid pesticides and chemical fertilizers in your garden and yard. Not only are they toxic to pollinators, they are systemic, meaning they leach into the ground. If your neighbor is using pesticides, it can also affect your soil. When purchasing seeds, watch out for chemically treated ones. “Protected” may mean it’s sprayed with pesticides.

5. Leave the Leaves

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It can be tempting to pick up all your leaves and sticks, but these are perfect homes for insects like ladybugs. It is especially important in late fall and early spring when these insects burrow for the winter. If you don’t rake your leaves, not only will they provide a home for insects to overwinter, but they will also decompose, providing vital nutrients for your soil and yard.

6. Rake Instead of Blow

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If you really can’t resist picking up your leaves, rake instead of blow. The noise from leaf blowers impairs bird communication, and gas-powered units contaminate the air. Even electric blowers can be destructive to habitats, eroding and drying out the soil.

7. Turn Off the Lights

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Unfortunately, the wildlife might not love the twinkle fairy lights as much as you do. Outdoor artificial lights can affect navigation, finding food, and reproduction in birds, bats, and insects. When you go inside, turn off the lights, and your pollinator friends will thank you.

8. Make Your Yard Aesthetically Pleasing

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Making your yard aesthetically pleasing is fun for you and the local pollinators. Bees are particularly attracted to the colors blue, purple, white, and yellow. Create colorful floral arrangements with plants of different shapes and sizes in large clumps.

Bees also prefer single or flat flowers as opposed to puffy blooms, so they can get to the nectar. Hummingbirds like colorful and tubular flowers such as blue flag iris and wild columbine, as they eat insects in addition to nectar.

9. Plant With Your Nose

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When creating your garden, plant with your nose. You can enjoy the pleasing scent, and draw all the pollinators to your yard. Strong fragrances like sage, oregano, basil, and lavender are especially enticing to bees and butterflies.

10. Make a Splash

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Install a bird bath in your backyard, and you’ll attract more than just birds to your oasis. Bats, insects, and even butterflies may take a dip. For urban areas and dry climates, providing water is especially important. Be sure to place a few small rocks in the bath so smaller pollinators don’t drown.

11. Build a Home

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To take it to the ultimate level, consider building a home for the local pollinators. Wild bees, birds, and bats are looking for homes and may decide your backyard is the perfect location. Deadwood is easy to repurpose as an insect house and is popular for wild bees to burrow in.

Draw All the Pollinators to Your Yard

Drawing pollinators to your yard can increase your harvests and make your gardens a wildlife oasis. Insects and birds are in dire need of suitable habitats, especially in large urban sprawls. There are many ways you can help pollinators and create your mini ecosystem.

How do you attract pollinators to your yard? Share in the comments below!