Gardeners and homeowners are uniquely positioned to help protect pollinators

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August 24, 2021

Gardeners and homeowners are uniquely positioned to make a positive impact in supporting pollinators in their landscape. Recent research has indicated pollinators may be faring better in urban and suburban environments where they are protected from the widespread use of pesticides and monocultures found in agricultural lands. While habitat fragmentation and pesticide use are also of concern in suburban and urban environments, residents can directly make changes to their yards, parks, and community gardens, and work with neighbors and community leaders to create habitat and adopt pollinator-friendly practices. As you work to add habitat to your community, ensure that you are purchasing bee-safe plants by talking to your nursery about their pest management practices. If you need help, check out our guide to buying bee-safe friendly plants.
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Thousands have signed the pledge to protect pollinators. Will you join them?

The pollinator protection pledge is based on four simple principles: Grow pollinator-friendly flowers, provide nest sites, avoid pesticides, and spread the word. These core values can be adapted to any location, whether you tend an urban community garden or a suburban yard, work in a city park or on a farm.

Sign the pledge and get your habitat sign today! Signs are available in our Gift Center for a donation.

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