Are We Helping the Pollinators?

What is a pollinator?   A pollinator is an insect or any agent that conveys pollen from one plant to another for fertilization.  Without fertilization, plants would not have any fruits or seeds.   Simply put, if we want apples, we need pollinators.  If we want sweet corn, we need pollinators.  What are some pollinators?   Bees, birds, moths, butterflies, wind and any insects that transfer pollen from one plant to another. So what can we do?  We can plant plants that attract pollinators.  Clover, milkweed, coneflowers, Joe Pye Weed, bee balms, etc. are great pollinator plants.  If you are unsure, please ask our staff to help you find some good pollinator plants. As more and more homes are being built, these pollinators are losing their undeveloped land with wildflowers and clover to pristine lawns.   Every homeowner should plant at least a small garden with some pollinator plants to help keep these pollinators around for successful crops.