From your landscaping choices to the foods you eat, there are many simple ways you can help pollinators in your everyday life. Check out all the ways you can get involved below, and don’t forget to share your actions with your friends.
Different regions have different plants that make great bee-friendlier food. Click the map to the right to find the flowers and plants that will grow best in your area.
Insecticides are chemicals that kill pests. Unfortunately, they can also be fatal to pollinators. Avoiding these chemicals in your own garden will go a long way to help bees thrive.
Not all bees live in hives—some create nests in soil and brush piles. By leaving soil undisturbed in your garden, you can help create a home for a bee. Leaving some piles of branches in the corners of your yard is another great way to help bees.
The more people are aware, the more we can help bees. Take a photo of your bee-friendly garden and share it on social media with the hashtag #beefriendlier. It could end up on our site!
Organic farms, like Cascadian Farm, grow crops without using synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides or herbicides. This helps improve the quality and fertility of the soil, reduces the environmental impact of agriculture, and avoids the potential harm to pollinators that chemicals pose.
You can make your own garden safe for bees by avoiding pesticides and purchasing organic seedlings and seeds. (Avoid garden plants pre-treated with harmful pesticides.) Check with your nursery to find out if the plants you purchase meet these criteria..
Visit The Xerces Society to find out which types of wildflowers are native to your region.
See the Xerces Society’s guide to planting wildflower meadows for more information on how to create your own pollinator meadow.