Small Rain Gardens Provide Food for Pollinators
Little spaces can make a big difference to hungry pollinators. Bee friendly gardening can be accomplished in small spaces – even a wash area in the yard. What a great way to use a “trouble spot” in your yard. Make a rain garden to increase bee habitat.
We live in a world with less and less wild, natural areas. This results in fewer food source plants for bees. We can help pollinators by increasing bee habitat areas.
When we use native plants and perennials that attract bees to create pollinator gardens, that’s even better!
In addition to using less commercial fertilizers and chemicals on our lawns, we can do more. Small plots can make a difference.
What is a Rain Garden ?
Some homeowners have problems with erosion. These areas channel water and wash away soil.
Areas with stormwater runoff can ruin your landscaping. Even rain water from roof and driveways create wash areas.
This my friend is one way that your mulch ends up in the storm drain.
Lets turn this “problem area” into a bee habitat to help bees.
You can build a rain garden. Usually a small area, rain garden design allows a place to slow down moving water. It also prevents large areas of standing water – goodbye mosquitoes.
Choosing proper plants, mulch and rock structures to slow running water are an important part of rain garden design.
For those of you who live in urban areas, stormwater management is a critical task. Create a garden containing plants with sturdy roots.
This helps hold the soil. And, the proper plant selection helps absorb standing water.
A good design means less mowing in difficult places. And best of all, adding just a few new blooming plants will add more nutrition to our bee habitat.
Choose several different types of flowers. Of course, they should be water-loving plant. Native plants are a great choice.
However, you do not have to use natives. It is a good idea to choose plants that provide food for bees throughout the season.
If you live in a dry region with periodic flash floods, look for plants that can handle drought conditions too!
Your effort contribute to pollinator health and honey bees are not the only ones who will benefit. Butterflies, hummingbirds, moths and many solitary bees and wasps need good nectar sources.
Do You Really Need More Grass?
Want to add even more diversity to your bee habitat? Don’t forget about trees. If you have room for small blooming trees, you can add one to your rain garden too.
Red Maple, Evergreen Pear and Black Gum are just a few to consider.
Helps With Erosion too!
Rain gardens or any type of plants for bee habitats reduce erosion. These planting areas handle runoff water created by heavy rainfall or thunder storms.
By slowing rushing water, the bee garden encourages water to sink into the soil and not end up in a sewer.
Best Plants For Your Rain Garden for Bees !
The number of planting options are almost endless and limited only by your gardening zone. Know your zone.!
Plants that are suited for a dry warm climate in Arizona may not do well in Maine !
A bee habitat garden design featuring plants of different heights provides depth and creates a sense of space.
Regardless of your garden layout, you will not be happy with the results unless you have the right plants.
Choosing plants that are suited to your climate is important because you want the garden to look pretty year round.
To help bees, your rain garden plants should bloom over a long period of time. Bees like plants that provide nectar, pollen or both !
Check with local gardening centers in your region for help with plant selection. You should be able to find a good selection of different colors to compliment any garden design.
Bee Habitats Benefit All Pollinators
The decline of honey bees and other pollinators is the subject of many news stories.
As more acreage is developed for housing and businesses, natural habitat is lost. This results in a lack of food for beneficial insects.
Concerned citizens nationwide are looking for ways to help our troubled insects.
Honey bees, Bumblebees and other insects can benefit from an increase in available flowering plants. And, yes – you can make a difference!
One small garden may seem unimportant. However if everyone in the neighborhood participates by adding blooming plants, this can make quite an impact on the area.
Learn More – Creating Rain Gardens & Bee Habitat
If you would like to know more about planting a rain garden, check out this link. A garden for pollinators.
Make a big difference. Choose pollinator friendly plants that will help bees for all your landscaping projects.
And in some spaces, you may use plants that benefits the bees and you too.
Bee Habitats are easy to create and they don’t have to be large in size. Even a few pots can help.