Early spring is when pollinators start searching for nectar.
This April for National Garden Month, think about creating a water-wise pollinator garden to attract birds, bees and butterflies.
Creating a pollinator garden can be as easy as planting desert milkweed and a few nectar plants.
Not only do these water-wise gardens help save water, but they are also a great way to spruce up landscaping and help sustain populations of pollinators, including the Monarch Butterfly.
Here are tips for creating a pollinator garden:
- Consider flowering plants, like Desert Marigold and Baja Fairy Dusters that bloom almost year round.
- Include plants of varying heights and ones that grow well in full or partial sun.
- Go organic. Avoid pesticides because they can be toxic to bees.
- If you start with seeds, plant them in the fall or late winter so they have time to germinate.
- If you go with nursery plants, dig holes big enough for the roots and reinforce with soil or compost.
- Register as an official Monarch Waystation here.