Smart Lawn Care to Protect Pollinators
Read our guide on smart lawn care to help protect the pollinators in your yard, and contact our team for more information today!
From the birds to the bees, pollinators are an essential part of an ecosystem. Pollinators promote healthy plant growth, fruit germination and a host of other ecological benefits. Historically, pollinator populations have been significantly damaged by human interference. Harmful chemicals and habitat reduction are both significant causes of pollinator decline across the world. The good news is that each of us can take significant steps on our own properties to protect pollinator species such as bees, butterflies and small birds. Below, our lawn care experts at Fit Turf have compiled at short guide to smart lawn care to protect pollinators. Read on and contact our team today!
More Flowering Plants for More Pollinators
The single biggest thing any property owner can do to help pollinator populations on his or her property is to increase the number and diversity of flowering plants wherever possible. Pollinators feed off flowering plants, and in turn spread pollen to promote plant growth across an ecosystem. Thus, adding more flowering plants to your yard will not only increase the number of pollinators on your property, it will also eventually increase the health and number of your plants themselves. It is important to note that turf doesn’t provide food for pollinators because it does not flower. If you prefer to have large amounts of turf in your yard, botany experts at Michigan State recommend planting flowering trees and shrubs on the perimeter of your property.
Use the Right Chemicals Sparingly
Many of us use herbicides and pesticides to control weeds and pest insects in our yards. Unfortunately, these chemicals will also kill off pollinators if used incorrectly. Below are several tips for using chemicals in your yard the right way to help protect pollinators.
- If you are spraying for grubs on your lawn, make sure that dead spots are in fact due to grubs. If the dead spots are located near flowering trees, use chlorantraniliprole to prevent killing off bees. Spraying after July 1 will also allow you to avoid most of the flowering season.
- Do not spray your lawn when it is windy.
- Water your lawn frequently during dry spells to help prevent chinch bugs or sod webworms without using chemicals.
- When in doubt, contact a professional for proper chemical care.
Our professionals at Fit Turf work diligently to provide environmentally-friendly services to lawns across Michigan and Colorado. We know how to apply the right chemicals in the right amounts to achieve quality pest and weed control without hurting pollinator populations. Learn more by contacting our team today!