Check out this “Yard and Garden” link at the University of Minnesota Extension: Flowers for Pollinators — This site contains many links to information regrading Growing landscapes for bees and other pollinators.
Pollinators help plants grow fruit or seeds that bring us food and other resources. By carrying pollen from one plant to another, pollinators fertilize plants and allow them to make fruit or seeds. Bees are one of the most well-known pollinators, but there are a variety of other pollinators including ants, flies, beetles, birds and more!
Pollinator health is critical to our food system and the diversity of life across the world. Each of us can contribute to pollinator-friendly environments. We can plant flowers with pollen and nectar, create habitat and nesting sites, and eliminate the use of pesticides that are dangerous to pollinators.
Steps to create a pollinator-friendly landscape:
- Focus on a “healthy” environment, not a perfect landscape.
- Choose plants that provide food and habitat for pollinators.
- Plant a bee lawn. Replace lawn areas that are difficult to mow with shrubs and flowers.
- Adopt best practices in landscape maintenance to improve plant health and eliminate the need for pesticides.
For more details, please visit: University of Minnesota Extension: Flowers for Pollinators