Aug 23, 2022
Bees, birds, moths and butterflies are responsible for pollinating plants that supply one third of our food supply. Honeybees alone, according to the USDA, pollinate 15 billion dollars’ worth of U.S. crops annually!
But pollinator populations across the country are shrinking from habitat decline, agricultural loss, pesticides and impacts from climate change. Luckily, residents and communities can take action to aid pollinators by simply growing a garden.
Milkweed and coneflowers are two known plants that will attract and sustain pollinators, and there are many others native to South Jersey that can be found across nurseries in the area. Native plants not only attract bees and butterflies, but they also need little to no water to grow since they are accustomed to the local climate. These plants also diversify landscapes by providing a variety of floral colors and shapes not often seen in conventional gardens.
Another important action that will protect pollinators is minimizing pesticides and insecticides. Common mosquito yard sprays are harmful to pollinators as well as other sprays intended to kill specific bugs. Limit your use of these and consider practicing other pest control methods.
Ventnor's pollinator garden located behind the Library boasts beautiful colors and a butterfly mosaic.
The Ventnor Green Team recently planted a pollinator habitat by the Ventnor Education Community
Complex school provided by the Xerces Society. It's first sprout shows promise of a successful garden!
ACUA's Native Plant Garden has diverse plants and attracts a variety of pollinators.
To better understand the plight of pollinators and how you can help with native plants, visit the following sites:
Jersey Friendly Yards
Native Plant Society of NJ