Pollinators need homes too: How you can help support healthy garden ecosystems

Having a lot of bugs in your garden may sound like a bad thing, but these little critters are often necessary for your garden to prosper. In fact, many bugs are pollinators, making them key to your garden’s success. There are five fairly common bugs found in gardens, and they can be quite beneficial if they have the right elements to keep them happy.

  • Earwigs eat aphids and plant lice so your fruit trees and vegetable gardens can flourish.
  • Lacewings eat a variety of pests including aphids, whiteflies, caterpillars, mites and leafhoppers.
  • Ladybugs feast on aphids throughout the spring and summer.
  • Butterflies are one of the most important pollinators and are especially drawn to the color red.
  • Solitary bees make excellent pollinators if hollow logs are available; unfortunately, their numbers are rapidly declining.

If these bugs don’t have the right food source to help them thrive, they could disappear from your garden completely, leaving you with pests that want nothing more than to eat your plants. The good news is there’s a solution! Adding a bug hotel to your garden can ensure your little friends have a home as they help rid your garden of other, smaller bugs that destroy your plants, such as aphids and mites.

pollinator hotel for gardenBug hotels are a fun and functional addition to your garden, as they keep the beneficial bugs and pollinators around without detracting from your landscaping. If you’re looking for a bug hotel, stop in to Homestead Gardens today, and we’ll help you find the right one for your garden.

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