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Flowers for pollinators

Growing landscapes for bees and other pollinators

bee pollinating a flower

Pollinators help plants grow fruit or seeds that bring us food and other resources. By carrying pollen from one plant to another, pollinators fertilize plants and allow them to make fruit or seeds. Bees are one of the most well-known pollinators, but there are a variety of other pollinators including ants, flies, beetles, birds and more!

Pollinator health is critical to our food system and the diversity of life across the world. Each of us can contribute to pollinator-friendly environments. We can plant flowers with pollen and nectar, create habitat and nesting sites, and eliminate the use of pesticides that are dangerous to pollinators.

Steps to create a pollinator-friendly landscape:

  • Focus on a "healthy" environment, not a perfect landscape.
  • Choose plants that provide food and habitat for pollinators.
  • Plant a bee lawn. Replace lawn areas that are difficult to mow with shrubs and flowers.
  • Adopt best practices in landscape maintenance to improve plant health and eliminate the need for pesticides.

How pollinator-friendly is your yard and garden right now?

It only takes 5 minutes to complete this survey to find out how your backyard measures up on plants, habitat, and gardening practices that help bees and other beneficial insects.

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Pollinator videos

two bees pollinating flowers

Bumble bees in slow motion

Watch bees in slow motion interact with and pollinate flowers. (1:33 min.)

bee nest with a newborn bee

Bumble bee nest appearance of newborn

Notice the differences between the newborn bee and the adult bee. (1:15 min.)

Ian Lane showing established grass with Kura clovers

Bee lawns with Ian Lane

How to incorporate flowering plants into lawns in order to give pollinators more forage in the landscape. (6:54 min.)

An Andrena bee nectaring a mustard plant

Andrena bee drinks nectar on mustard

Watch an Andrena bee feed on nectar from a mustard plant. (0:44 min.)

A nest created on the ground by a Colletes bee

Colletes nesting

Watch a Colletes bee excavate a nest. (5:03 min.)

A Colletes bee sticking out of the nest before leaving to forage

Colletes foraging

Watch a Colletes bee leave the nest to forage and return with pollen. (1:41 min.)

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