Dwindling pollinator populations is a major ecological problem, but thankfully there is a lot that you can do to help solve this problem.
One of the most rewarding ways to help pollinators is by creating places for them to eat, nest, and reproduce. Creating a space in your garden with native pollinator plants means you will spend quality time outside creating a beautiful garden that allows pollinators to return to the area. Another bonus when planting natives is that they like our acidic, sandy soil. Since these plants are native, they are accustomed to our weather and soils, making these gardens relatively easy to maintain. If this interests you, why not start a pollinator garden today? Either get started with these resources or contact us for support!
- All the basics on planting for pollinators with Kim Eierman, founder of EcoBeneficial and recent guest of the Adirondack Pollinator Project:
- Unsure of which plants to use? Some of our favorites include bee balm, echinacea, lupine, aster, mint, black-eyed susans, and yarrow, but there are SO MANY MORE! Check out these resources for complete lists and planting suggestions. Since some plants are often hybrids made to sound like natives, you can also refer to the New York Flora Atlas to help you further confirm which plants are native to your county.
- Pollinator Partnership Adirondack Planting Guide
- The Xerces Society Plants for the Northeast
- BeeSmart app
- Mow higher. Want to shorten your summer to-do list and help pollinators at the same time? It’s easy! By letting your lawn grow longer, you can provide more habitat for pollinators. Having a pollinator friendly lawn can be as simple is mowing less often, changing the mowing blade height to around 4 inches, or better yet, convert your yard into a pollinator oasis. Lawns mowed to 2 inches or less offer very little resources for pollinators and other wildlife. The alternatives are beautiful while creating a diverse space for pollinators, birds, and other wildlife to thrive.
- Stay away from pesticides. Ridding your environment of unwanted critters using chemicals means you’re also harming pollinators and other wildlife. Instead, choose plants that support the insects you want, and look for natural ways to reduce the ones you don’t.
- Create nesting sites. Planting pollinator gardens creates a habitat that pollinators rely on for food, but pollinators need somewhere to live and lay eggs as well.
- Leave water out for pollinators. Just like us, they need water! Bird baths are often very decorative and create a consistent stopover for a little drink.
We hope you are inspired to take action! The Lake Placid Land Conservancy sure is. Don’t hesitate to reach out for help and support. While this may seem like a lot of work, there are so many different levels of commitment. You can do one of these things or all of them. Plus, its all fun, and the result is a beautiful space that you can be really proud of. Thanks for your help! We’re counting on you to #PollinateADK.