National Pollinator Week!
7 Things You Can Do for Pollinators
Help keep Indiana blooming!
1. PLANT FOR POLLINATORS
Habitat opportunities abound on every landscape – from window boxes to acres of farms to corporate campuses to utility and roadside corridors – every site can be habitat.
Utilize plants native to your area (or at the least, non-invasive for your area).
Know your soil type and select appropriate plant material.
Plant in clusters to create a "target' for pollinators to find.
Plant for continuous bloom throughout the growing season from spring to fall.
Select a site that is removed from wind, has at least partial sun, and can provide water.
Allow material from dead branches and logs remain as nesting sites; reduce mulch to allow patches of bare ground for ground-nesting bees to utilize; consider installing wood nesting blocks for wood-nesting natives.
2. REDUCE OR ELIMINATE THE IMPACT OF PESTICIDES.
Use pesticides that do not contain neonicotinoids - here is an easy list:
Prevention. Many pest species, aphids in
particular, are partial to plants fertilized with excess nitrogen, typical of synthetic fertilizer applications. Instead, opt for fertilizing with organic compost, compost teas, or fish emulsion as these release nitrogen and other nutrients slowly into the soil. Create a diverse garden or backyard with a variety of native flowers, grasses, and bushes to encourage natural predators like birds or ladybugs. For lawns, maintain a high mowing height (>2 inches) and less frequent watering.
3. REGISTER AS A SHARE SITE
Available for every landscape – this free registry is utilized through as little information as a zip code.
Upload photos or videos of your pollinator site
Include your company or organizational logo
Be counted as part of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge when you register
This registry will show profiles of the plants used in various gardens, allow us to measure pollinator progress, and highlight areas of activity and places in need of pollinator action
4. REACH OUT TO OTHERS – INFORM AND INSPIRE
Utilize all the materials available to help you tell the story of pollinators
Especially during National Pollinator Week (June 17-23, 2019)
Tell local and state government officials that you care about pollinator health
5. SUPPORT LOCAL BEES AND BEEKEEPERS.
Buying local honey supports the beekeepers in your area
If you're concerned about the number of chemicals use in agriculture, buy organic.
If you're concerned about contributions to global carbon emissions, buy local.
6. CONSERVE ALL OF OUR RESOURCES; USE LESS AND REDUCE YOUR IMPACT.
Pollinators are dramatically affected by extremes in weather
Climate change puts pressure on native ranges and overwintering sites.