Turn Your NC Yard Into a Pollinator Pitstop

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Starting a Pollinator Garden in NC

Did you know that one out of every three bites of food we eat comes as a result of pollinators? Although they are wonderful to observe, birds, bees, bats, beetles, butterflies, moths, and other insects are also vital to our survival. To show our appreciation, and to support them in their efforts, we can actually turn our yards into pollinator-friendly habitats.

The North Carolina Wildlife Federation actually makes this endeavor easy by offering a native pollinator seed mix that you can buy with the goal of creating a dedicated garden area for your pollen-loving visitors. The seeds will arrive in a packet that includes a mix of at least 7 different species of native pollinator plants that support both larval and adult stages of local pollinators.

Once you have created your garden, you might want to register it as a Pollinator Pitstop, part of a network of sites across the state dedicated to starting or expanding native pollinator gardens. In addition, your local N.C. Cooperative Extension office offers free advice on how to add native plants to your garden to create wildlife habitats that make your yard beautiful and a place where pollinators will want to hang out.