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Planting for Pollinators

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The plight of some of our big name pollinators has been in the news lately.  Monarch butterflies and bees have gotten the spotlight onto a rising problem in the United States and throughout the world.  It seems daunting to help solve an issue like this, but you can!  Anywhere that pollinator plants are located is another source of food and shelter for these vital animals.

Pollinators come in many shapes and sizes, and a few are surprising.  Bees, butterflies, moths, birds, beetles, bats and flies are all pollinators.  Each animal has different roles in pollination.  Some pollinate white flowers while some pollinate red flowers.  Some are active in the spring while others work to pollinate in the fall. There are even pollinators the do their work at night.  It is vital that each one has food, shelter and water.  Different types of plants provide food and shelter.

Planning a new garden or adding to an existing one is an easy way to help the survival of the pollinators.  A variety of colors and flower shapes will ensure that various species will stop by.  It is important to vary the bloom times so you have flowers in bloom from early spring to late autumn.  It is also helpful to use plants that are native to your specific area.

There are many plants native to Colorado that are excellent for pollinators.  If you are interested in helping plant a pollinator garden please contact us!

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