New London Pollinator-Pathway is working with other cities and towns along the Connecticut shoreline to creating a corridor of native plants attractive to pollinators. A pollinator pathway closes gaps between properties and provides healthy habitat for bees, butterflies, birds and other pollinators. More than 30% of our fruits and vegetables require the help of bees and other pollinators to grow. Cucumbers, summer squash and watermelons are just three that need cross-pollination.
There are a variety of ways to participate: Designate an area of any size that you will use for your pollinator garden. Pollinator gardens can be as small as a container garden or as big as a baseball field – it is up to you! Plan your garden, making sure to include at least three native species that will each bloom in Spring, Summer, and Fall. This ensures that pollinators have food for each season. Native plants increase wildlife diversity, while invasive plants such as Japanese knotweed spread quickly and crowd out natives, altering the ecosystem. Don’t use harmful pesticides or herbicides on your lawn or garden. In fact, if you plant native plants but also use pesticides, you will poison the pollinators that are attracted to your plants. They are also harmful to pets and people. Designate a part of your yard as a habitat for bees and other pollinators. Providing clean water and letting grass grow taller before mowing helps ground-nesting bees survive. Join other participants in planting pollinator gardens in public places or by helping others plant and maintain their pollinator gardens. Attend workshops and webinars organized by the steering committee or advertised on the New London Pollinator Pathway Facebook page. Create and offer activities to teach families about how much we rely on pollinators and understand why it is necessary to offer them a safe and inviting habitat in our city. Visit the New London webpage at pollinator-pathway.org and at New London Pollinator Pathway on Facebook.
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