Mason Bees: Everything A Gardener Needs To Know
Mason bees aren't as famous as honey or bumble bees, but they're amazing native pollinators. Click here to read all about them.
There are many beneficial wildlife helpers in the garden. From natural predators that feed on pests and good garden bugs that pollinate plants to other garden friends likes frogs and birds, learning how to make your garden an inviting spot for them can help your garden flourish. In the following pages, you can find useful information on how to create garden friendly areas for beneficial insects and other garden friends. So keep reading to learn more about these wildlife helpers in the garden and how to take advantage of the benefits they offer.
We bet you didn’t know that caterpillars make noise. Read about how their squeak and scream scares birds away.
Not all bees live “communally” in hives. In fact, our most prolific bee pollinators are not the endangered honeybees or bumble bees. “Solitary” or nesting bees, specifically mason bees and leaf cutters, don’t live socially in traditional beehives like their honeybee counterparts, but they’re quite extraordinary in what they do and how they live.
What is drift planting? Many pollinators seek food from plants in the same species. So when you grow several of the same plant, they can more readily spot their favorite food sources. Read on for more.
To have a more successful vegetable garden, try planting companion flowers for vegetables to attract pollinators. Read on for more.
Once the temperature turns cold and the snow begins to fly, where do pollinating insects go? What can gardeners do to help them? Read on for more.
Some people plant flowering plants willy-nilly while others have a theme... such as pink. Read on to learn about pink pollinator plants.
Many gardeners help our feathered friends out in winter with a bird feeder. But birds also need water, especially in a frozen landscape.
If you’ve ever noticed white squirrels in your garden, you've witnessed an interesting natural phenomenon. Read on to learn why.
If you love to watch birds then you’ll want to attract the entertaining Purple Martin. Keep reading to learn about attracting Purple Martins.
Listed here are some of the best pollinator-attracting plants, and tips to create a welcome habitat in a Southern pollinator garden.
We are all familiar with bees as one of our most important pollinators, but other animals can help as well. Read on for more.
Beautiful fall-blooming pollinator plants are available as both annual and perennial flowers. Read on for tips about fall pollinator plants.
Bees, butterflies, and other pollinating insects are prey to certain predators. Create and support a healthy pollinator friendly garden to make sure your local population thrives.
There are plenty of beautiful drought resistant plants and a slew of native plant garden design options to optimize the pollinator garden.
Pollinator gardens don’t stop being important when the flowers stop blooming. Read on to learn about leaving behind bee hotels.
Looking to start or expand on a monarch waystation in the spring? You can get a head start now with your fall cleanup.
Watch and learn how you can do just 7 things to play an important role in monarch butterfly migration, including a fall fueling station.
Do birds help pollinate flowers? It’s a fair question because most pollination attention is focused on bees. The plight of bees is important. They play a big role in pollination and food production, but they aren’t the only players in the game.
Join us as we continue our tour around the butterfly garden in Adams Ricci Park and learn how to plant a fall fueling station.
Join us as we tour the butterfly garden in Adams Ricci Park and learn how to plant a fall fueling station.
Join us as we learn about the monarch butterfly super generation, and how we can help them on their incredible journey.
Shrews in the garden are generally beneficial. In fact, shrews are important members of the ecosystem and getting rid of them isn’t always a good idea. Shrew damage is usually limited and generally consists of holes they may dig in search of insects. Click here for more about shrews in the garden as well as tips for shrew control.
Shapes of flowers can actually impact which species of insects visit the garden most often. Learn more about flower shapes and pollinator preferences here.
If you’ve been thinking about putting in a fence, think about building a privacy screen for birds instead. Click here to find out more.
You can feed and enjoy birds in the garden using deadhead cuttings. This bouquet buffet is helpful during fall and winter. Learn more here.
So you’ve decided to raise turkeys. Here are a few things you’ll want to learn to keep them healthy and growing.
Creating a hobby farm is an excellent opportunity for those in both rural areas and city dwellings. Click here for hobby farm animal options.
Many birds migrate south before winter and, if you’re along their route, you might offer a seasonal treat like a pumpkin bird feeder. Learn more here.
Native wildlife lives all around us, so it’s important to practice safe viewing in your backyard garden and other outdoor green spaces. Learn more here.
Gardening for endangered wildlife is a great way to bring purpose to your favorite hobby. Learn how to support endangered wildlife here.
You can’t stop cats from killing birds entirely, but there are some things you can do in keeping garden birds safe. Click here for tips.
Once autumn and Halloween is over, you may find yourself wondering what to do with the leftover pumpkins. Is pumpkin good for wildlife? Find out here.
What are the benefits of a year-round wildlife garden and how can you enjoy wildlife gardening year-round? Find out in this article.
Garden amphibians and reptiles are friends, not foes, so make a space for them in your yard and garden. This article will help get you started.
Stag beetles, with rather threatening-looking mandibles, actually pose no threat to humans or gardens. Learn about these friendly insects here.
Bees need our help now more than ever, as their numbers are on the decline. They need a place to call home. Learn how to create a homemade bee nest here.
Growing a container pollinator garden is not difficult and a great way to help provide bees with the nectar-rich flowers they need. Learn more here.
Can a fly be a pollinator? Yes, several types, in fact. Click here to learn about the various pollinating flies and how they do what they do.
Do beetles pollinate? The story of beetles and pollination is a fascinating one that you can read right here. Click to learn about beetles that pollinate.
The hummingbird moths are unique creatures that gain attention once sighted bouncing about the flower beds. Learn how to attract them here.
You may already have borage or milkweed in your backyard, but trees for bees can help these beloved pollinators in different ways. Click here to learn more.
Do wasps pollinate and help sustain our food supply? They can do this and more. Click here to learn how wasps are important in our gardens.
Spider wasps are not uncommon in the garden, as they eat nectar and prey on spiders. Learn whether or not you need to control them here.
What is a mealybug destroyer and is it good for plants? Learn about mealybug destroyer beetles and how to tell them and mealybug pests apart here.
There are many reasons to begin keeping backyard bunnies, but you’ll have to provide for their specific needs. Learn how you can keep rabbits outdoors here.
It is important to be familiar with the appearance of a garden snake so that it doesn’t frighten you. What does a typical garden snake look like? How many types of garden snakes are there? Learn more about garden snakes in this article.
Do you have a turtle for a pet? What do you safely feed the turtle that is both healthy and economical? Click here for plants safe for turtles.
If you have hummingbird feeders, then you have probably noticed that bees, including wasps, love the sweet nectar. Although uninvited guests, keep in mind they are important pollinators. For tips on managing bees and wasps at hummingbird feeders, click here.
While most ladybug species are considered beneficial, the Asian lady beetle has earned a reputation as a nuisance bug. Learn how to tell the differences between lady beetles here.
Bluebirds are a harbinger of warmer weather that is usually just around the corner. Learn about attracting bluebirds in the garden here.
While smaller animals, like chickens or rabbits, are popular choices, others may prefer to think even further outside of the box. Keeping backyard pigs as pets is just one example of those who have started raising larger animals in small spaces. Learn about pigs in the backyard here.
America's only marsupial tends to have a bad reputation. But are opossums actually good to have around? Click here to learn the benefits of opossums sticking around.
In recent years, the decline in monarch butterfly populations has been of specific interest. Many gardeners ask how to attract monarch butterflies. Which plants do monarch butterflies like? Find the answers to these questions in the following article.
Butterflies bring movement and beauty to a sunny garden. The sight of the delicate, winged creatures flitting from flower to flower delights the young and old. But there’s more to these jeweled insects than meets the eye. Learn how butterflies are beneficial here.
A butterfly shelter is an attractive addition to your garden. Most importantly though, it’s a fun way to attract a variety of beautiful butterflies. Exactly what is a butterfly house? To learn more about butterfly shelters and how to build one, click the following article.
If you're trying to find a sensible solution for a steep slope or you're tired of weeding under a tree, you've probably considered planting groundcover. But did you know that some of these low-growing plants also create a beneficial insect habitat? Learn more here.
Quail are adorable little birds that are quite amusing to watch in a garden habitat. Keeping backyard quail gives one the perfect opportunity to watch their antics. To learn what plants attract quail, click the following article for more information.
Attracting birds to the garden is beneficial and most of us enjoy watching them. If woodpeckers are your favorites though, there are ways to plan for specific needs of this bird to make your garden irresistible for them. For tips on attracting woodpeckers, click here.
Cheap birdseeds are messy and may be filled with seeds that birds won’t eat. All too often, budget birdseeds contain noxious weed seeds that may take over your garden. Who needs that?The solution? Grow you own birdseed! This article will help get you started.
Many recognize seeing the red breasted robin as the first official signs of spring. However, in some areas, robins are year-round residents who may need a little help getting through the cold of winter. Click the following article to learn more.
Getting through a long, cold winter can be tough for wildlife. It’s only natural to want to help these creatures with winter survival. However, you need to first be sure your “help” isn’t doing more harm than good. To learn more about helping wildlife overwinter, click here.
Building a bug hotel for the garden is a fun project both kids and adults can enjoy. Homemade bug hotels provide a safe refuge for beneficial garden insects. If interested in constructing your own DIY insect hotel, click the following article to learn how.
One important aspect of raising chickens is maintaining healthy living environments - ensuring that the flock is always safe. And this includes knowing what plants are bad for chickens, especially when they’re free to roam your property. Learn more here.
From bluebirds to finches, encouraging colorful feathered friends into the yard can be achieved in a variety of ways, most especially by providing berries birds love. If you’re a bird lover and want more in the backyard, click here for info on planting berries for birds.
By learning more about lightning bugs and about their lifecycle, home gardeners are able to feel more confident about the benefits of fireflies and their ability to encourage more frequent visits from this insect. Learn about fireflies as pest control in this article.
You may have never considered this, but attracting lizards to your garden can be beneficial. So why should modern day gardeners take an interest in these scaly remnants from the age of the dinosaurs, and how are lizards good for gardens? Learn more here.
If you have ducks living in your backyard or around your pond, you may be concerned with their diet. Keeping plants poisonous to ducks away from them is desired. But which plants are unsafe? Click this article to learn about plants harmful to ducks.
Watching birds is an enjoyable hobby for many homeowners. As with any endeavor, there are a few tips and tricks that can help to determine how many and which types will visit your backyard. Among the most common are American robins. Learn more in this article.
How much do you know about a cocoon vs. chrysalis and other butterfly facts? These two words are often used interchangeably but are not the same. Enlighten your friends and family with the fun facts found in this article. Click here for more information.
More gardeners need good squash bee information because these honey bee look-alikes are critically important for vegetable gardening. Learn how to identify squash bees, why you want them in your yard, and how to attract and keep them there in this article.
Bees collect pollen and nectar from flowers for food to feed the colony, right? Not always. How about oil collecting bees? Never heard of bees that collect oil? The following article contains information about the little known relationship between bees and flower oil.
The United States is home to approximately 70 species of digger bees, primarily in the western states. Around the world, there are an estimated 400 species of these interesting creatures. So, what’s the dirt on bees that dig? Learn about identifying digger bees here.
Many gardeners prefer organic options for pest control. The use of beneficial insects is one which has shown to be especially popular for growers wishing to take a more natural, hands-off approach. But how do you get these garden friendly bugs into your garden? Find out here.
Gardeners can hardly avoid insects, and while you may view most of them as pests, many are either beneficial or just fun to watch and enjoy. Damselflies and dragonflies fall into the latter categories. This article focuses on the damselfly in gardens.
Many aid hummingbirds by hanging out feeders filled with sugar-water. But insects on hummer feeders can compete with the beautiful birds for this treat, and there are predators out there that see the hummers as lunch. Learn more in this article.
Raising chickens can be worthwhile, but chicken food ain’t cheap! That’s where DIY chicken feed comes in. Yes, you can grow your own chicken feed. Click on the following article to find out how to grow your own natural, homegrown chicken feed.
If you pick up a pesticide these days, you may find bee hazard labels on the bottle. That’s to warn about pesticides that harm bees, American’s number one pollinator insect, and to inform consumers of how to protect bees. Click this article for more information.
While much light has been shed on the plight of honeybees, very little is said about the struggle of our native pollinating bees, like mining bees. Click this article for some additional mining bee info and learn more about these important ground dwelling bees.
Much of our food supply depends on pollinators. It is important that gardeners provide what these valuable insects need to multiply and visit our gardens. So why not plant succulents for pollinators to keep them interested? Learn more in this article.
While it is common practice to grow flowers from seed or to add annuals to the landscape, the addition of flowering bulbs can take pollinator gardens to the next level. Learn more about planting bee-friendly bulbs in this article.
A garden has its own inherent pleasures, but for gardeners who love wildlife and beautiful music, it can be used to attract songbirds. Attracting songbirds can be the main focus of your garden or just a small part of it. This article will help get you started.
Bees are so important to growing food because of the pollination services they provide. Many of our favorite nuts and fruits would be impossible without bees. But did you know there are several common bee varieties? Learn about them here.
Did you know that thrips spread more than just disease? That?s right - they do have a redeeming quality! Thrips are actually helpful too, as pollinating thrips can help spread pollen. Learn more about thrips and pollination in this article.
Due to the wide diversity between species, in-depth rove beetle identification is beyond the scope of this article. However, there are a few common identifying factors to watch for, and this article aims to help with that.
Honeybee decline has made many headlines in the past few years, but bumblebee populations are declining too. Learn how you can help by making a home for bumblebees. Click on the following article for additional information.
Gardeners have lots of good reasons to try to lure beneficial insects for a garden. But how to do it? Calling them or whistling softly rarely works. You'll want to use insect friendly garden plants to start creating bug gardens. This article will help get you started.
You may shudder to hear that spined soldier bugs live in gardens around your home. But actually, this is great news, not bad news. These predators are more effective than you are at reducing pests on your plants. Click here for more information.
Attracting hedgehogs to the garden starts with access, but there are also a few dangers to eliminate and things you can do to make them feel more invited. What will attract hedgehogs? Use the information in this article to attract hedgehogs to the garden.
Very little attention is paid to the declining moth populations. However, moth populations have been declining drastically here since the 1950s. Click this article to learn how you can help by attracting moths to your garden and providing them with safe habitats.
Because you want to encourage ladybugs in the garden, it's good to know what ladybug eggs look like as well as familiarize yourself with ladybug larvae identification so you don't accidently do away with one. This article can help.
If you love watching butterflies, it is important to know what to plant for migrating butterflies. Having plants for migrating butterflies attracts them, fueling them for their journey, and gives you a glimpse into their fascinating life cycle. Learn more here.
Native waterfowl are an indicator of a healthy environment and their migratory activities ensure different species at different times of the year. If you wish to know how to attract ducks to your garden, look no further - click here for some tips and tricks.
It's time to reconsider the perfect lawn and start creating pollinator friendly ones instead. Learn how to create a bee-friendly yard here.
With organic and chemical free gardening such a big trend these days, Neem oil seems to be the perfect solution to everything that could go wrong in the garden. Neem oil repels and kills many garden pests, but what about beneficials like ladybugs? Learn more here.
Attracting lightning bugs to your garden is definitely a good thing to do. These beneficial insects don't bite, aren't poisonous, and they carry no diseases. Even better, most species are predatory, feeding on the larvae of insect pests. Click here to learn more.
How do you help pollinators do their job if you have mostly shade in your yard? With the right plants, you can attract pollinators to shade and part shade flower beds. Click the article that follows to learn more.
Bats are important pollinators for many plants; yet, they don't get a lot of credit for their hard work. Are you curious about plants that are pollinated by bats? Learn more about the types of plants bats pollinate in this article.
Parasitic wasps parasitize different garden pests depending on species. To attract these garden good guys, it helps to know how to identify them and their eggs or larvae. Learn more about these beneficial insects in this article.
Soldier beetles, in their colorful little "uniforms," are easy to identify. Gardeners celebrate when they find them in the garden. Click this article to discover out why and how to identify soldier beetle larvae in gardens.
Pirate bugs in gardens are a gift since the tiny insects eat bugs you'd rather not have around. This article provides some tips about creating pirate bug habitats to attract these garden helpers. Click here to learn more.
Many gardeners buy aphid midge eggs specifically to fight aphid populations. Find information in this article about the aphid midge life cycle and how to identify aphid midge young. Click here to learn more.
Hoverflies are beneficial insect predators that are a boon to gardeners dealing with aphid infestations. Proper identification will help promote hoverfly egg-laying. The following article will help you to identify and encourage syrphid fly eggs and hoverfly larvae.
Recognizing assassin bugs as a good garden helper rather than a potentially scary threat to you puts a natural perspective on the normal cycle of life in your landscape. Learn more about assassin bug eggs and nymphs in this article.
Lacewing larvae in gardens are a natural knock-out for undesirable insects. They are voracious eaters of many soft-bodied insects that attack plants. For non-toxic pest control, create a lacewing larvae habitat. This article will help.
While the sudden discovery of a scurrying ground beetle may be a little unnerving, it is actually a valuable ally to the gardener. Learn more about the ground beetle life cycle, including its larva and eggs, in the article that follows.
Gardeners all over the world are creating safe habitats for butterflies. With the right plants, you can create your own butterfly garden. Learn more about the best plants for attracting butterflies and butterfly host plants in this article.
Many pollinators are declining, but we can help them out. Click here for pollinator friendly plants that attract them to the garden.
With some creative discouragement in some places and encouragement in others, squirrels can live harmoniously in your backyard. Learn more about creating squirrel friendly gardens in this article so you can enjoy their antics.
Looking for earth friendlier options when grooming our landscapes? A cute and safe alternative to many of our fueled and chemical treatments is using goats for weed control. This article has more information.
Butterflies are a welcome sight in any garden. They will naturally come to feed on many flowering plants, but you can make a butterfly container garden to attract them too. Learn about creating butterfly container gardens in this article.
When you first start researching backyard garden chickens, it will seem overwhelming. Don't let this stop you. Raising chickens in your garden is easy and entertaining. This article will help get you started in chicken keeping for beginners.
Keeping bees in the backyard is a natural extension of gardening, and means ready pollination for your flowers and plants, as well as a generous honey supply. Read this article to learn about backyard beekeeping basics.
While most people give it little thought, the bird lover in the rest of us know that part of attracting birds to our gardens means providing them a suitable home in addition to feeding them. So what types of birdhouses are available? Find out here.
Butterflies are fascinating creatures that bring grace and color to the garden. They are also effective pollinators. A successful butterfly garden requires an understanding of butterfly garden feeding, including water sources. This article will help with that.
Using caution when purchasing wild bird seed will help avoid excess waste, allelopathic effects and unwanted pests. Read this article to prevent problems with bird seeds and ensure a trouble free ornithologist experience. Click here for more info.
Some common owl species are ferocious predators of mice and other rodent pests, so it makes sense to invite them into the neighborhood by installing an owl house. Read this article for tips on owl house design.
Ever wonder if a rove beetle is good or bad? Rove beetles are predatory insects that can become your partner in controlling pest insects in the garden. You can find rove beetle facts and information in this article.
Bumble bees are extremely important insects that pollinate many plants. All home gardeners should use strategies that maintain and encourage the presence of these beneficial insects. This article should help with that.
Honeybees are valuable plant pollinators, but each year we lose one-third of the honeybee colonies in the U.S. to colony collapse disorder. This article explains how to attract and use alternative pollinators to bees.
What animals are good for gardens? Many of us are aware of beneficial insects. However, other animals in a garden are important too. Learn more here.
Garden and pond turtles are a gift from nature. If you have a garden pond, there are several things you can do to encourage turtles to take up residence. Find out more in this article.
You?ve likely seen a tachinid fly or two buzzing around the garden, unaware of its importance. So what are tachinid flies and how are they important? Read here for more tachinid fly information.
Millipedes and centipedes are two of the most popular insects to be confused with one another. Learn more about these insects in this article. You may be amazed to find how beneficial they are to gardens.
Many think bugs in the garden are a bad thing, but the truth is that a few bugs are not going to hurt and many, like pirate bugs, are actually beneficial. Read this article to learn more.
Birds of prey in the garden are not common, but they may show up when their food source is so easily available and can be valuable as pest control. Learn more in this article and how to take advantage of these birds.
The garden is full of insects, and it can be difficult to sort out friend from foe - one garden visitor who needs a better PR department is the robber fly. Learn more about them here.
Aphid midges are one of the good garden bugs. Chances are that if you have aphids, aphid midges will find their way to your garden. Learn more about using aphid midge insects for pest control right here.
Big eyed bugs are beneficial insects that feed on many insect pests in gardens. Learn about big eyed bug identification in this article so you don?t confuse them with bad bugs.
Hover flies are helicopters of the insect world, often seen hovering in the air. These beneficial insects are valuable tools in the garden. Learn more about them in this article. Click here for information.
You might think that the last thing you want in your garden is wasps, but some wasps are beneficial. Predatory wasps collect insects by the dozens. Learn more about them here.
Smart gardeners who learn what soldier beetles are soon learn to attract these garden friends instead of trying to keep them away. Read this article for more information on how soldier beetles help the garden.
Predatory thrips in gardens can help protect your plants from harmful pests. They eat the bad thrips that are munching away on vulnerable plant parts. This article explains more.
Predatory mites in the garden are the security system you need to stop plant eating mites. Discover how to use predatory mites and where to get them in this article. Click here for information.
One of the most foolproof ways to get rid of rodent thieves is to attract an owl onto your property. Attracting owls into garden areas is not difficult, and this article will help get you started.
Entomopathogenic nematodes are rapidly gaining in popularity as a proven method of eradication of insect pests. But what are beneficial nematodes? Read here for more information.
Few recognize green lacewings in the garden, although they provide just as much help to a gardener seeking a chemical-free solution to insect pests. Learn more about these helpful insects in the following article.
Dragonflies can be an asset to the garden, keeping menacing insects to a minimum. Read this article to learn what plants attract dragonflies so you can invite these helpful insects to your garden area.
Wasps! If just the mention of them sends you running for cover, then it's time you met the parasitic wasp. Using parasitic wasps in gardens is an effective way to control insect pests. Learn more here.
Most praying mantis information suggests their usefulness in the garden too, so attracting praying mantis can actually be beneficial. Learn more about these interesting creatures in this article.
Attracting birds to your garden is good for the garden as well as the birds. Natural habitats that provide birds with food, shelter and water will encourage their presence. Learn more in this article.
Attracting frogs to the garden is a worthy goal that benefits both you and the frogs. The frogs benefit by having a home, and you will enjoy having great insect killers. Learn more in this article.
Bees are a vital part to the garden and most go about their work separately, but rarely a honeybee swarm in garden settings may occur. This article will provide tips on what to do should this happen.
Hummingbirds are a delight to watch as they dart and dash around the garden. To attract hummingbirds to the garden, consider planting a perennial garden for hummingbirds using the tips in this article.
Bats are victims of bad PR from myths that are simply untrue. The truth is, attracting bats to your backyard is one of the most efficient methods out there for natural insect control. Learn more here.
They may seem scary at first, but most of the time finding a snake in a garden is a good thing. Read here to learn more about how to attract snakes to your garden and take advantage of what they can offer.
Assassin bugs are beneficial insects, which should be encouraged in your garden. Read this article to learn more about these helpful garden friends and how to invite them to your landscape.
Ladybugs in the garden will help eliminate many pests. Getting ladybugs to come to your garden and, more importantly, stay in your garden is easy using a few simple tricks from this article.
One of my favorite garden guests is the butterfly. Read this article to take a look at plants that attract butterflies so that you can welcome these flying beauties into your garden too.
All plants require pollination in order to make seeds and fruit, but sometimes other factors can prevent plants that need pollinators from getting the pollination that they need. Learn more in this article.
Bees do the bulk of pollinating work in a garden. It’s thanks to bees that flowers get pollinated and grow into fruit. That’s why it just makes sense to develop a plan for attracting bees to your backyard. This article will help get you started.
Attracting toads is the dream of many gardeners. Having toads in the garden is very beneficial, as they naturally prey on insects, slugs and snails. Learn more about attracting toads to the garden in this article.
Attracting butterflies in gardens is easy to do with the right flowering plants. Read this article for information on how to attract butterflies to your garden. Click here to learn more.
If you love butterflies, then this article will help lure them your way. Next summer, don't forget to plant these flowers and enjoy the hoards of butterflies that won't be able to resist your flower garden.