Long-Blooming Pollinator Garden Guide
About Pollinator Plants
Planting pollinator gardens is crucial as it supports biodiversity, aids in crop production, and provides a safe habitat for pollinators. These gardens contribute to the overall health of the environment, enhance aesthetics, and offer a simple yet impactful way to make a positive difference. Moreover, pollinator gardens can enhance the aesthetic appeal of our surroundings. With their vibrant flowers and buzzing activity, these gardens create a visually pleasing and serene atmosphere for us to enjoy. Download or print a planting map for your home here.
Proper planting: Select an appropriate location based on sunlight requirements and soil conditions for each specific plant. Dig a hole slightly wider than the root ball, but only the same depth as the root ball. Place the plant in the hole, and backfill with soil. Make sure the surface of the root ball is flush with the grade. Water thoroughly to help establish the roots.
Watering: Provide adequate watering to newly planted trees, shrubs and perennials; particularly during the first 8 weeks of establishment. Water deeply to encourage deep root growth. Established plants generally require less frequent watering, but ensure they receive enough moisture during dry spells. Monitor the rainfall to know how much additional water is required.
Mulching: Apply a layer of organic mulch over the root area of the plants, but avoid piling it against the stems. Mulch helps retain moisture, regulates soil temperature, and suppresses weeds. It also provides a favorable environment for beneficial insects.
Fertilizing: Use organic based fertilizers following the recommendations on the labels. Chalet recommends Dr. Earth Bud & Bloom Booster at the rate of 1 cup for 10 square feet of area. Use it every 60 days.
Pest control: Minimize the use of chemical pesticides that may harm pollinators. Instead, opt for natural pest control methods like companion planting, encouraging beneficial insects, or manually removing pests when necessary.
Seasonal care: Stay vigilant throughout the seasons. Provide protection during harsh weather conditions, such as covering vulnerable plants during frost. Monitor for signs of diseases or pests and take appropriate action promptly.
By following these guidelines, you'll create a welcoming environment for pollinators and contribute to the overall health and biodiversity of your garden.