I like to remind people today that we all have distinctive philosophies when it arrives to gardening, horticulture, and landscapes. I have my own philosophy that is guided by research-centered, scientific facts.
I also have my views about crops that I like, never like (there are very handful of other than invasive species) and wouldn’t plant in my landscape. You also have your personal likes and dislikes.
For instance, I am not absolutely against pesticides, and I will advocate them in some situations. Many others are entirely towards pesticides and would never ever use them.
Even so, when I use a pesticide, I have absent by way of a arduous method, together with figuring out the precise pest, deciding on the correct answer which could be cultural and not chemical.
If I do use chemicals, I will pick out the “softest” product that will not kill helpful insects and I follow instructions exclusively to avoid damage to pollinators.
So again to planting for pollinators. I do acquire treatment of the pollinators in my landscape and in my teaching.
I have created various columns in excess of the yrs relating to pollinators, their plight, lowering pesticides, and extra. I constantly incorporate information and facts about pollinators in my educating when correct.
In my have landscape, I have place for cultivated plants and trees these types of as the gingko, as perfectly as indigenous plant species.
I have a black cherry which is the host for several pollinators, as nicely as Carolina allspice, the species coneflower, several other native perennial species, and various oaks.
My philosophy when it arrives to our landscapes and gardens is for everybody to plant some thing that will help pollinators. Even if it’s just a single plant in their flower beds or a tree or shrub.
The challenge for pollinators is that there are so many places that have been created either commercially or into suburbs that do not have crops for pollinators.
Thus, if we all do our part and plant A thing for the pollinators, it will hook up these regions that are already planted, ideally top to enhanced habitat for pollinators.
I hope that people of you who had been disappointed with me crafting about the gingko fully grasp my philosophy and give me grace for it. I also hope that you realize I only have so lots of inches in this column to make clear topics. Many thanks for your feed-back!