How to Plant a Pollinator Garden

It’s wildflower week! And there is no better way to celebrate than with beautiful butterflies and pollen-covered bumblebee butts. Whether you have a gigantic courtyard or a small balcony of planters, you can create a space to help pollinators. The Bug Girls at Franklin Pest Solutions looooooooove pollinators and nothing makes us happier than sharing our love for nature with our community. Let’s work together to support our pollinating friends. At the end of this blog, you will know how to plant a pollinator garden.

What Makes a Good Pollinator Garden

The pollinator family extends further than just bees and butterflies. Hummingbirds, beetles, ants and even bats are pollinators. The wider the variety of flowers in your garden, the wider the range of visitors you will attract. However, planting flowers native to your area is a key factor of supporting your native pollinators. Below are some common native flowers that will strongly support your very own pollinator haven. Click on their names for more information.

Milkweed Purple Cone Flowers Black Eyed Susan Blue Asters

7 Steps For Creating a Pollinator Garden

  1. Plan your garden beds. Pick an area that matches the levels of sun/shade your garden will need.
  2. Prepare your soil. Test the soil, till the earth, optional: fertilizer, mulch.
  3. Invest in gardening tools: shovel, trowel, gloves.
  4. Purchase native plants (without pesticides)
  5. Dig! Pollinators prefer plants grouped rather than spaced far apart.
  6. Plant your seedlings
  7. Enjoy watching your garden grow and hosting pollinator parties.

 

Want the Bug Girls to Help You with Your Pollinator Garden?

Contact us! We would love to bee🐝 a pollinator resource for your class or group project. We’ve helped to create pollinator gardens: in schoolyards, on children’s museum grounds, and even community outdoor spaces. We have a lot of great pollinator resources through our partners and want to share our love and support for our pollinating friends with you. So don’t hesitate to reach out. Click HERE.

Bug Girls team up with Chicago Girl Scout Troop 25774 to bring a pollinator garden to a public square.

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