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Pollinators & Pollination

Gardening in Michigan


  • How to protect and increase pollinators in your landscape

    Published on May 1, 2019
    Protecting & enhancing pollinators in urban landscapes (US North Central Rgn) helps you attract pollinators and protect them from pesticides. Download full publication or click articles below to view sections of publication. Author: David Smitley, MSU

  • Factors that threaten pollinator health

    Published on May 1, 2019
    Most researchers agree that a combination of factors is causing declines in bee and pollinator populations, including loss of habitat or flowers that provide pollen and nectar, pesticide exposure, parasites and pathogens.

  • Creating and maintaining pollinator friendly habitat

    Published on May 1, 2019
    Many types of insects feed on pollen and nectar, although two types of pollinators receive the most attention: bees and butterflies.

  • Flowers throughout the year

    Published on May 1, 2019
    The best habitats for bees have flowering plants rich in nectar and pollen throughout the growing season. Survey your yard and garden to see when flowers are abundant and when they are scarce.

  • Better habitat for bees

    Published on May 1, 2019
    In general, herbs and garden perennials are good for bees, while most annual bedding plants are less attractive to them.

  • Pollinators in urban landscapes

    Published on May 1, 2019
    Most plants need pollination to reproduce and grow fruit. While some plants are wind-pollinated, many require assistance from insects, bats, hummingbirds or other animals.