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Plants for Pollinators

Let's Get Growing, scheduled for April 4, 2020 has been canceled by University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners, Douglas County out of concern about the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus. We did not make this decision lightly. Extension takes the health of our participants and communities seriously.  Please contact Douglas County Extension (320-762-3890) with any questions and watch our website and social media channels for updates.

Pollinators help plants that bring us food and other resources. By carrying pollen from one plant to another, pollinators fertilize plants and allow them to make fruit or seeds. Pollinator health is critical to our food system and the diversity of life across the world.

There are thousands of pollinator species in Minnesota, including over 400 species of native bees. Pollinators are an essential part of a healthy environment. They pollinate plants that can buffer waterways, store carbon, and provide habitat for other wildlife. Pollinators also depend on plants to complete their life cycle. Pollinator conservation provides economic benefits through improved crop pollination, and in beautiful, flowering landscapes. Without pollinators, our environment would look very different.

Each of us can contribute to pollinator friendly environments.

  • Plant flowers with pollen and nectar.
  • Create habitat and nesting sites for pollinators.
  • Eliminate the use of pesticides that are dangerous to pollinators

For more information on how you can create a pollinator friendly yard, visit: www.extension.umn.edu/lawns-and-landscapes/flowers-pollinators

Until next time, happy gardening!