9 Ways You Can Help Bees and Other Pollinators At Home

As government organizations on the local, state and national level mobilize to support struggling pollinators, more people are following along. For those just getting started, this piece by National Geographic has a list of steps anyone with a garden or yard can take. First, and you might assume foremost, isn’t too big a surprise, and is something we’ve been pushing for years.

Go Native

Choose native plants in a variety of shapes and colors to encourage diversity. Remember that native wildflowers will be better adapted to your climate than exotics. And one size doesn’t fit all: There are over 4,000 bee species in North America (some 20,000 worldwide) ranging from two millimeters to an inch (2.5 centimeters) long, so blossoms should vary in species and size, too.

If you do decide to leave some ground bare (70% of native bees burrow in the ground), be sure it’s not in a spot that’s susceptible to erosion.