Pollination nation: Create a pollinator-friendly habitat in your yard


This week is National Pollinator Week, which aims to increase our awareness of the importance of pollinators in our lives, and to help more of us protect and support their populations by providing essential food sources and habitats for them.

One of the best ways we can do that is to create pollinator-friendly elements in our yards, gardens, and neighborhoods, which can help to enable and sustain healthy populations of these critters that are crucial to our own survival.

Insects get a bad rap from many of us, and while there are definitely some undesirables we don't want to encourage in our yards (such as mosquitoes, ticks, and venomous spiders), for the most part, we need as many of them as possible in our neighborhoods, as most of the flowering plants in the world (80%) rely on pollinators, and many of those are insects.

Read more: http://www.treehugger.com/lawn-garden/pollination-nation-create-pollinator-friendly-habitat-your-yard.html