Best Practices for Pollinators

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Backyard Landscape Best Practices

Parks and Open Spaces Best Practices

Vegetable Garden Best Practices

When designing landscape in backyards and open spaces, keep pollinators in mind. This website offers guidance to plant and manage landscapes using ecologically responsible practices for plant, pollinator, animal and human health.

Be it an urban backyard, public park, flower or vegetable garden, planting for biodiversity with a variety of color and plant forms provides many benefits:

  • Beauty & diversity: The energy and activity of birds and insects, and the season change of both plants and animals provide diversity and also visual enjoyment. Native plants in landscapes support a food web including birds, insects, and other animals. A variety of plant species provide food and shelter for birds and beneficial insects which help control pest insects.
  • Water filtration / carbon sequestration: Native plants are mostly perennial and have extensive root systems that hold soil and slow runoff. Particulate matter accumulates and the plants themselves absorb chemicals such as nitorogen and phosophorous that would otherwise enter groundwater.
  • Reduces erosion: Native plant root systems hold soil and reduce erosion. Shoreline buffer strips slow down water so it soaks into the soil, rather than racing down to the lake. 
  • Increased property values: People want to live in communities with clean water, land and habitats that attract wildlife, birds and pollinators.
  • Less maintenance:  Once native plantings become established, they require less time, maintenance, mowing, and watering, conserving on valuable water resources.
  • Less cost:  Pollinator friendly landscapes and low-mow lawns use fewer or no herbicides and pesticides. Native plants are self-sustaining, overwinter, and support wildlife including beneficial insects, pollinators and native birds.

Backyard Landscape Best Practices

Parks and Open Spaces Best Practices

Vegetable Garden Best Practices

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PDF Downloads:

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PDF icon Pollinator Conservation Guide

PDF icon Guide to Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

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Dr. Vera Krischik Bumble Bee Dr. Vera Krischik, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, University of Minnesota,, performs research on landscape, nursery and greenhouse crops, non-target effects of insecticides, integrated pest management (IPM) and best practices for pollinators. This website is the product of the NCIPM Consumer Horticulture Working Group and Minnesota LCMMR Grant.