Earth Day: We Pollinate

Apr 21st 2024

Greenworld celebrates Earth Day 2024 with a focus on pollination

In recent years, the importance of pollinators has been increasingly recognized around the world. Bees, butterflies, birds and other pollinators are not only fascinating creatures, but also essential to maintaining the health of ecosystems and agriculture.

According to recent statistics, pollinators contribute to the reproduction of more than 75% of the world's flowering plants and nearly 35% of global crop production. This underscores their indispensable role in food security and ecosystem stability. In addition, pollinators provide essential food sources for other wildlife, supporting the overall health and balance of ecosystems.

Fortunately, it's possible to create a pollinator garden right at home. Such a garden is designed with the sole purpose of attracting a variety of pollinators. It's where the gardener carefully selects plants based on their attractiveness to pollinators and strives to maximize opportunities for different types of pollinators to thrive. This type of garden features a diverse array of flowering plants, with an emphasis on native species, creating an environmentally friendly and aesthetically pleasing space.

Key Elements of a Pollinator Garden

1. Plant a Variety of Flowering Plants

The best way to support the most species of pollinators is to diversify the flowers in your garden. Aim for diversity on all levels: colors, flower shapes, sizes, and especially flowering times.

2. Add trees and shrubs

Including native trees and shrubs in pollinator gardens is beneficial because they offer resources that perennial flowers may not provide. Moreover, trees and shrubs serve as homes for solitary bees, and many butterflies depend on them for shelter and breeding

3. Grow Native Plants

Help our local pollinators thrive by planting native plants. These pollinators have evolved alongside native plants for thousands of years, often developing preferences for specific native species. Avoid using non-native ornamental plants, as they may not provide the necessary resources for our native pollinators to thrive.

4. Minimize the use of herbicides and insecticides

Keeping insect pollinators around is as simple as avoiding pesticides. Pesticides kill the flowers that pollinators depend on for their food. Instead of using chemicals, let wildflowers bloom freely. These "weeds" provide a diverse and plentiful food source for pollinators to thrive on.

5. limit the amount of Lawns

To help pollinators, minimize the area of your lawn and mow it every other week. Allowing a border of unmowed grass provides nesting areas for bees and room for low-growing flowers like dandelions to flourish.


Because growth is our strength, let's continue to increase the number of pollinator-friendly gardens we plant. These gardens serve as vital sanctuaries for bees, butterflies and other pollinators, contributing to their numbers and fostering a healthy ecosystem. Let's continue to cultivate spaces that embrace and nurture these essential creatures, ensuring a brighter and more sustainable future for all.

Happy Earth Day 2024

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