Pollinators

Pollinators, especially native pollinators. Pollinator-friendly plants and gardens. Demonstrations gardens.

Make Your Lawn Pollinator Friendly

Make a bee friendly lawn   Homeowners use up to 10 times more insecticide and herbicide per acre of lawn compared to farmers growing crops.  You can create a lawn that […]

Support Local Beekeeping

Report bee swarms to your local beekeeper     DO NOT try to spray the swarm with pesticides or a hose.  You will just get them angry! Join the Gilroy

Plant a Pollinator Garden

Patio or Deck Groundcover Flowers Shrubs Trees Plant similar plants in clusters, as in the above photo. Remember the Seasons Bees have trouble finding plants in bloom in Summer and Fall

Pollinator Friendly Patio and Deck Plants

Common Sage  (Salvia officinalis) Importance to Bees: Major Food Source: Nectar, pollen Plant Type: Flower Habit: Open Flower Season: Spring, Summer, Fall Flower Color: purple Soil Requirements: Well drained soil Exposure:

Pest and Weed Best Practices

Use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to Control Pests Minimize Impact of Insecticide/Herbicide/Fungicide on Bees Here are some resources for learning about Integrated Pest Management as an alternative to using insecticides:

Pollinator Friendly Trees

California Pepper Tree  (Schinus molle) Importance to Bees: Major Food Source: Nectar Plant Type: Tree, introduced when California was first settled Foliage Character: Evergreen Growth Rate: Rapid Foliage Color: Light green

Pollinator Friendly Shrubs

Shrubby Germander (Teucrium fruiticans ‘Azureum’) Importance to Bees: Major Food Source: Nectar and Pollen Plant Type: Shrub Foliage Character: Evergreen Growth Rate: Rapid Foliage Color: Light green Flower Color: Lavender

Pollinator Friendly Flowers

Viper’s Bugloss  (Echium Vulgare) Importance to Bees: Major Food Source: Nectar, pollen Plant Type: Flower, Non-Native Habit: Open Flower Season: Summer, Fall Flower Color: Purple Exposure: All day sun Water needs:

Pollinator Friendly Groundcover

Wall Germander  (Teucrium chamaedrys) Importance to Bees: Moderate Wildlife: Beneficials, Bees Plant Type: Groundcover Flower Season: Summer, Fall Flower Color: Purple Exposure: Full Water needs: Low Size: 8 – 16 in.

Support Pollinators

How can I support honeybees and native pollinators? Plant a pollinator garden   Bees and other pollinators struggle to find enough food in the summer and fall.  If you provide the

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