A new 30-page pamphlet is now available from Michigan State University that will help gardeners and others in urban settings identify how they can protect and increase populations of pollinators. Protecting and Enhancing Pollinators in Urban Landscapes for the U.S. North Central Region is available online in PDF format for free viewing and downloading.
This online publication includes:
- Principles of integrated pest management (IPM) for dealing with pest problems while protecting pollinators
- Factors that threaten pollinator health
- Detailed recommendations for selecting annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees that support pollinators
- Best management practices for managing devastating exotic pests, or troublesome outbreaks of native pests, while minimizing impacts on pollinators (e.g., trunk injections and the use of low-impact pesticides)
- A detailed phenological table that tells when the most common trees and shrubs bloom so that sprays can be avoided until they are done blooming
- A list of 55 references for those that would like to read more on this subject
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