Encourage pollinators and other beneficial insects by planting native plants
Most plants need pollination to reproduce and grow fruit. Without pollinators, we would have little to no fruit, fewer vegetables and many plant species would not survive. Insect predators and parasites, known as natural enemies, help control pest populations in crops and gardens. This biological control and pollination are ecosystem services from native plants. Native plants are pre-adapted to local conditions and naturally support native bees and other beneficial species. Michigan State University entomologists have been testing Michigan native and other plants for these purposes and share their results with you through the recommendations at this website. Find out how to select and grow native plants on your farm, garden or community setting by following the links in our navigation.
Watch the following video on our research behind this website as presented to farmers for North Central SARE.
Native Plants News
Published on June 11, 2020
Thirteen weeks of facts about lesser known insects in the garden and a survey about milkweed insects.
Published on June 21, 2019
The timing of milkweed emergence determines egg-laying opportunities for monarchs
Published on June 18, 2019
A new state policy will allow installation of solar arrays on preserved farmland if pollinator protection practices developed in a scorecard by Michigan State University entomologists are followed.
Published on April 1, 2019
Bringing nature home is the motto for Michigan Master Naturalists as they learn about conservation. Master Naturalists do this through gaining understanding of the interconnectedness of native plants and animals and human activity.
Published on September 7, 2018
Landscaping over your Septic system whether a formal garden or informal one can be tricky. You want to have a beautiful yard but not at the expense of damaging your onsite waste water system.