Monthly Archives: June 2016

How to Plant for Pollinators in Colorado

How to Plant for Pollinators in Colorado

The week of June 20 – 26 is Pollinator Week, so here at Timberline we wanted to share what pollinators are, why pollinators are beneficial for your garden, and the best plants to plant in your garden to attract pollinators in Colorado. Planting for pollinators is great for your garden, and it’s even better for the environment!

Bees on honeycomb, who are common pollinators.

What are pollinators?

A pollinator is any animal that causes a plant to make fruit or seeds. The animal spreads pollen to different parts of the flower, which fertilizes the plant. Once the plant is fertilized, it is able to make more fruits and seeds, making them able to reproduce. Honey bees are the most common pollinator; however, there are many different kinds of pollinators. Bees, butterflies, beetles, wasps, flies, some birds, and some bats are all pollinators. Continue reading How to Plant for Pollinators in Colorado

Natural Pest Control in the Garden

Natural Pest Control

While pesticides and other chemicals may do a fantastic job of controlling unwanted pests in the landscape, they are not for everyone. If you want to attract butterflies, grow an organic veggie garden, or simply live chemical free, these are some tips to keep garden pests under control the natural way.

Encourage Useful Bugs

These bugs, often called “Beneficial’s”, eat aphids, mites, and other damaging insects. Avoid insecticides as these can harm your helpers.

Green Lacewing larvae and ladybugs are fantastic for getting an aphid problem under control. Ladybugs are particularly wonderful because they devour aphids, scale insects, and mites while in both the larvae and adult stage of life. They eat bugs and pollen so it’s important to plant a variety of plants they care for. This includes:

  • Chives
  • Cilantro
  • Coreopsis
  • Dill
  • Fennel
  • Geranium
  • Marigold
  • Alyssum
  • Yarrow

Continue reading Natural Pest Control