Why Is Pollination So Important?
Do you enjoy a hot cup of coffee, a ripe apple, a handful of plump blueberries, or a vine-ripened tomato? How about appreciating the native flowers and plants that surround you?
If so, you depend on pollinators.
Wherever flowering plants flourish, pollinating bees, birds, butterflies, bats and other animals are hard at work. About three-fourths of all native plants in the world require pollination by an animal, most often an insect, and most often a native bee.
Did you know that pollinators are responsible for one in every three bites of food you take, and increase our nation’s crop values each year by more than 15 billion dollars?
Without pollinators providing the transportation of pollen from flower to flower, about 75 percent of all native North American plants could gradually become extinct as they lose the ability to reproduce. Serious stuff? You bet. So, what can we do to help, you may ask?
What Can You Do?
Flowers are beautiful, bringing a splash of color to our gardens and veggie patches, but there’s so much more to them than just beauty alone – they play a key role in our ecosystem, in that they are perfect for attracting beneficial insects and other small and helpful animals. This is especially true in the case of pollinators.
Here’s a list of our top 10 suggested ‘pollinators’ to plant in your garden.
2. Butterfly Bush
8. Russian Sage
Any of these incredible plants would be a huge benefit for any garden. Not only do they look amazing, but they also help keep our local ecosystem running! We’re here to help you choose, install and maintain your pollinating plants – give us a call today.