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Pollinator-Friendly Gardening – Tip Sheet #12

A lady beetle
Experts generally agree that pollinator-friendly gardening involves providing habitat (food, water, shelter) and reducing the use of pesticides. A wide variety of plants that flower throughout the seasons, including natives, are recommended. There are a number of free online resources that provide additional guidance, including recommended plant lists and how-to advice. A selection is listed below, including those from Washington State University (WSU), Oregon State University (OSU) and King County

WSU References

WSU references are available at pubs.extension.wsu.edu:

  • Beneficial Insects, Spiders, and Other Mini-Creatures in Your Garden, EM067E
  • Lady Beetles: Should We Buy Them for our Gardens? FS268E
  • Pesticide Ingredient: Neonicotinoids, FS210E
  • Pollination & Protecting Bees and Other Pollinators, FS174E
  • Washington Bumble Bees in Home Yards & Gardens, FS263E
  • Are Native Trees and Shrubs Better Choices for Wildlife in Home Landscapes? FS300E

OSU References

OSU references are available at catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu:

  • Create a Butterfly Garden, EC1549
  • Encouraging Beneficial Insects in Your Garden, PNW550
  • Providing Habitat for Native Pollinators, EC1649

King County

  • Pollinator information. Website includes links to habitat guidelines and recommended plant lists.

www.kingcounty.gov/services/environment/animals-and-plants/biodiversity/defining-biodiversity/species-of-interest/pollinators

Federal Government and Other Organizations

  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Resources, including planting a pollinator garden and creating nesting sites.

www.fws.gov/pollinators 

  • U.S. Forest Service. Includes gardening for pollinators and pollinator-friendly practices.

www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/pollinators

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture. Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Garden Using Native Plants.

www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/pollinators/documents/AttractingHummingbirdsFS-1046April2015.pdf

  • Xerces Society. Website includes pollinator plant lists by region.

www.xerces.org/

  • Pollinator Partnership. Website includes planting guides by region.

www.pollinator.org/

  • National Pollinator Network. Website includes references, resources and links.

millionpollinatorgardens.org

  • National Wildlife Federation. Website includes guidance on creation of pollinator habitat.

www.nwf.org/Garden-for-Wildlife/About/National-Initiatives/Plant-For-Pollinators

  • Great Plant Picks. Plant recommendations for our PNW, including those for birds, bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

www.greatplantpicks.org/

  • Washington Native Plant Society. Plant lists, including natives. Backyard wildlife and habitat resources.

www.nps.org/

Additional Master Gardener Tip Sheets

Additional Master Gardener Tip Sheets, including “Gardening Websites” and “Gardening Publications” are available at kingcountymg.org/gardening-tip-sheets. Also see WSU’s “Gardening in Washington State” at gardening.wsu.edu and free downloads of WSU gardening publications at pubs.extension.wsu.edu.
 

 

Feature image by Heidi McKibbin-Cooper. Detail image by Michael Schwarzenberger.

CLH 12/20/19

WSU Extension Master Gardener Program * 206-543-0943 * king.MG@wsu.edu * kingcountyMG.org Center for Urban Horticulture * Box 354115 * Seattle WA 98195-4115 Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office.

 

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