The ecological and economic services that bees and other pollinating insects provide are invaluable. Almost 85% of the world’s flowering plants depend on pollinators to reproduce. Unfortunately, we are losing these important services due to an alarming decline in pollinating insects across the world. These losses in population and biodiversity are potentially being driven by a combination of interacting factors, including habitat loss, diseases, parasites, and insecticide exposure.
Consequently, finding ways to promote and preserve pollinators is of utmost importance for homeowners and for professional landscape managers. If you wish to be a proactive part of pollinator conservation, you can do so through two simple practices.