Follow these simple steps to get your native garden going with live plant plugs:
- Select the proper species just right for your region and environment. Select color, bloom time, soil moisture required and sunlight conditions.
- Eliminate all competition from existing vegetation by tillage or using a burn down herbicide such as Roundup.
- Group your plants by species and plant in clusters to make sure you get a real burst of color during flowering time.
- Space your plants approximately one foot on center but you may leave a greater distance between clusters.
- Of course, plant taller species in the background so as to not to hide shorter species.
- Use a dibble bar to plant your plugs. A dibble bar can be hand made. If you are in loose soil that has been tilled, you may use your hand or hand trowel but in harder untilled soil, you will need a planting device called a dibble bar that you can create or purchase.
- Make sure your live plants, when planted have good soil contact with minimal air space around roots. Insure this by heeling in the plants without injuring them and water them right away.
- Mulch the entire area with approximately 4 inches of mulch.
- You will need to maintain your garden by eliminating any unwanted weeds or species that tend to spread.
- You may want to move some of your species in the future because you do not like the aesthetics. You can paint your own picture after you get a feel for what looks good to you.
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Pollinator Week is June 18th to 24th!
Plant a garden that butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees will love as much as you!
POLLINATOR SEED MIX
|Common Mt. Mint
|Great Bue Lobelia
|Purple Prairie Clover
Pollination by Native Bees
According to the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, there are over 4000 species of native bees in the U.S. alone. Bees are the most predominant pollinators of flowering plants in nature, thus contributing a vital service to the ecosystem. Bees are referred to as “keystone organisms” because of this important role.
Some native bees have names that reflect how they build nests—leafcutter bees, mason bees, miner bees, carpenter bees, digger bees, etc. Others are named for their behavior, which include bumble bees, sweat bees, and cuckoo bees. In addition, some bees are named for the types of plants they pollinate such as squash, sunflower and blueberry bees.
When honey bees are in short supply, the pollination needs of many crops can be filled by native bees. Research reflects that native bees can be major pollinators of agricultural crops and sometimes do the job more efficiently. For instance, the blue orchard bee is a primary pollinator of cultivated apples. Another important crop pollinator is the western bumble bee, which has been used to pollinate cranberries, avocadoes, and blueberries. Native squash bees are major pollinators of cultivated squashes. Some native bees are even commercially managed like honey bees to provide pollination services. Great news for Iowa native plants and pollinators!
CRP Wildlife Food Plots
CRP wildlife food plot options now allow a food plot consisting of all native grasses and forbs. Unlike traditional grain food plots, now additional pollen and nectar will be available. Futhermore, a native food plot will not be disked and replanted every year or every other year like the alternative grain food plots. Thus, bees utilizing ground burrows will benefit!
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