In Texas, we go big or go home. That includes our landscapes. So it’s no wonder that residents and businesses throughout the Plano area are looking for ways to make their properties more attractive to pollinators and beneficial species. If you are one of these home or business owners, you’ve come to the right place. With over 20 years of experience in the lawn care business, we know landscapes. We’ve put together a list of helpful tips and ideas on how you, as a Forney Texas landowner, can help attract and protect pollinators in your backyard.
First, let’s start with what pollination is. We’ve all heard the word. Most of us understand that there is some importance behind it. But what exactly is pollination? Pollination is the process of plants reproducing. Plants can reproduce when a male flower’s pollen grains find their way to the female part of the same flower or plant species. But for this to happen, help is needed from outside external factors to move the grains to the female. These external factors could be the wind, rain, or, more commonly, pollinators. In Forney, the most common pollinators include hummingbirds, bees, beetles, bats, moths, ants, and flies. These beings pick up the male’s pollen and transfer it to the female, allowing the plant species to reproduce.
There are so many foods that rely on the help of pollinators it’s hard to keep track of them all. Everyone knows that honey relies on bees. But what other foods are there? Here are a few foods we would be without if not for the help of our essential pollinators:
So now that you understand the importance of pollination and pollinators, let’s discuss a few tips on how you, as a Forney area landowner, can help attract and protect them in your yard.
When it comes to attracting pollinators to your Forney backyard, you will want to plant a variety of different plants, flowers, and trees. Each species of pollinator is attracted to different colors and scents. Bees are attracted to bright white, yellow, and blue colors and fresh, mild odors. Butterflies are attracted to radiant reds and purples with a faint but fresh scent. Hummingbirds are attracted to scarlet, orange, red, and white tubular-shaped flowers.
If you want to attract them all, plant a variety of spring and fall-blooming plants to ensure they have something available through the entire growing season. Utilize different colors, scents, and sizes, and you will attract various species of each pollinator, brighten your landscape and create a natural habitat full of bustling activity. Several trees, shrubs, and plants attractive to pollinators include:
Invasive plants not native to our Texas environment are harmful for everyone. They compete for food with those that are native, carry diseases and pests, and often hamper the reproduction of native wildlife. If they do enough damage, they can destroy the entire food chain and disrupt our planet’s ecosystem. You can help prevent this by only growing plants native to our region. Here in Texas, we are plagued by tons of invasive plant life. Here is a list of some of the most common you will find:
Just like you and I, pollinators get thirsty. By providing them with a place to drink from or bathe in, you are helping them to stick around on your property and not have to look elsewhere. Place a birdbath and install a small pond in your backyard. Remember that stagnant water creates a breeding ground for mosquitoes, so change out the water frequently or use a water agitator.
Encourage pollinators to visit your Forney area landscape by providing nest sites for them. Are there dead trees in your backyard? While you can have them removed, leaving them isn’t harmful, only unsightly. The dead trees, branches, and limbs create homes for wildlife, including birds, insects, bumblebees, wasps, beetles, and ants. In the fall, when it’s time to clean up the debris, leave it till spring. Perennials and grasses left standing can provide shelter for overwintering bees, ants, and other crucial insects essential to our ecosystem. Of course, you may want to check with your neighborhood association or community on standards and guidelines before proceeding.
You can also forego the natural habitat and purchase or design a few man-made shelters. Butterfly, hummingbird, and bat houses can all be bought at local home and garden stores throughout the Forney area. Have the knack for wood-making? Nesting boxes for butterflies, bats, and bees can easily be made with a few pieces of wood and an artistic eye. Hummingbirds do not typically use man-made shelters. They prefer to build their own nests in sheltered trees and shrubbery. But follow the other tips we mentioned and put out a hummingbird feeder, and soon they will be flocking to your yard.
Now that you know how to liven your landscape by attracting pollinators, it’s time to give your grass the care it deserves. Sign up for spring lawn care services with LawnLab today. We offer both commercial and residential lawn care for the entire Forney area, including unique and custom-designed lawn care programs. All of our lawn care programs include the appropriate amounts of lawn fertilization needed to strengthen and fortify your lawn, as well as the proper amount of weed control necessary to keep it free of these nuisances.