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National Pollinators Month

June is National Pollinators Month and June 21-27 is designated as “National Pollinator Week.” Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S Department of the Interior, Pollinator Week is a great opportunity to encourage people to do more in their backyards to support pollinators.

The family yard is still the safe outdoor space to relax, play and de-stress. The TurfMutt Foundation reminds families that nature starts right outside your back door – and one way to help nature is to make sure your yard supports our very-important pollinators. The TurfMutt Foundation has developed an infographic on planting for pollinators that they would like to share.

Access the infographic here: livinglandscapesmatter.com/wp-content/uploads/Plant-It_OPEI-FINAL.pdf.

Plant It for the Planet: livinglandscapesmatter.com/wp-content/uploads/Plant-It_OPEI-FINAL.pdf

Plant It for the Planet.

  • Choose flowering plants for pollinators – butterflies, bees, bats, and hummingbirds
  • Backyards, school yards, green roofs, parks, planted medians and other green spaces provide food and shelter for pollinators
  • Select flowering plants that thrive in your yard’s conditions, considering the following: climate zone, soil type, sun/shade ratio, and average rainfall
  • Plant a healthy balance of grasses, garden flowers, shrubs, and trees
  • 75% of the world’s flowering plants depend on pollinators to reproduce
  • About 1 out of every 3 bites of food we eat exists because of pollinators
  • More than 3,500 species of native bees help increase crop yields

For more information, go to turfmutt.com.

Editor’s note: This article was provided by Debbi Mayster on behalf of the TurfMutt Foundation.

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