Step 1: Grow the Right Flowers
Flowers provide the nectar and pollen resources that pollinators feed on. Growing the right flowers, shrubs, and trees with overlapping bloom times will support pollinators from spring through fall.
Step 2: Provide a Pollinator Home
A home for growing pollinators is essential. You can leave patches of bare ground and brush piles or install nesting blocks, and plant caterpillar host plants.
Step 3: Reduce Pesticide Use
Pesticides are harmful to pollinators, especially insecticides. Herbicides reduce food sources by removing flowers from the landscape.
Step 4: Share your Pollinator Love
Let your friends and neighbors know you’re providing habitat with a pollinator habitat sign. You can also sign the Pollinator Protection Pledge!
Check out the Xerces Society Conservation Campaign website- Bring Back the Pollinators, where you can take the pledge to be pollinator-friendly in your own backyard, too! Visit www.xerces.org/bringbackthepollinators.
Adapted from the Xerces Society Conservation Campaign | From Volume 28: Issue 1 of The Nexus