The Buzz About Pollinators

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The Buzz About Pollinators

In just a few weeks, the casual discussion of pollinators will turn serious.

Every June the U.S. government promotes Pollinator Week, a program to educate the public animal pollination and address the critical decline in pollinator populations. But Americans have a startling number of misconceptions about pollinators and pollinator health.

Pollinator Week is June 18 – 24 this year. Are you prepared for the national discussion of this ecological phenomenon?

Pollination 101

Pollinator health is not a new issue in the agricultural world. Farmers, landscapers, and government researchers have spent years promoting the health of bees, butterflies, and other natural pollinators. And while they’ve seen significant success, the war is far from won. Many citizens, both private and professional, unknowingly harm pollinators by destroying pollinator habitats when eradicating other pest problems. Others are simply unaware of how quickly the pollinator population can dwindle.

Pollinators are crucial to the healthy growth of plants used for food, medicine, and clothing. Believe it or not… insect pollinators are directly ties to billions of dollars of agriculture production every year.

The North American Pollinator Protection Campaign educates people about the benefits of pollinators, how to protect their natural habitats, and countless other topics that promote pollinator health.

How to Protect Pollinators

The most common pollinators are bees, butterflies, birds, bats, and beetles. Research shows that over the last 10 years the U.S. has lost over 50% of its managed honeybee population, the most well-known (and unjustly feared) animal pollinator. And today, over 700 North American honey bee species are headed for extinction.

How can homeowners and landscapers counteract the declining population of these animals?

  • Educate others about the declining pollinator population, misconceptions about pollination, and easy ways to protect pollinators
  • Plant a pollinator garden with native plants known to attract pollinators like butterflies, hummingbirds, and honey bees
  • Always read the label before using chemical pesticides and herbicides

 

Wondering how you can incorporate pollinator-friendly practices into your turfgrass and landscaping plans? Give NG Turf a call or contact us online.

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