Information About Beneficial Garden Friends

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.

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How Many Bee Species Are There – Learn About The Differences Between Bees

By Mary Ellen Ellis

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.

Thrips And Pollination: Is Pollination By Thrips Possible

By Shelley Pierce

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.

What Are Rove Beetles: How To Identify Rove Beetle Eggs And Larvae

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.

Homemade Bumblebee Nests: Making A Home For Bumblebees

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

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.

Creating Bug Gardens: Attracting Beneficial Insects For A Garden

By Teo Spengler

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.

Spined Soldier Bug Information: Are Spined Soldier Bugs Beneficial In The Garden

By Teo Spengler

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.

Hedgehogs In Gardens: Tips On Attracting Hedgehogs To The Garden

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

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.

Flowers That Attract Moths: Tips For Attracting Moths To Your Garden

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

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.

Ladybug Egg Information: What Do Ladybug Eggs Look Like

By Amy Grant

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.

Butterfly Migration Info: What To Plant For Migrating Butterflies

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

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.

Getting Ducks To Visit Ponds – How To Attract Ducks To Your Garden

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

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.

Grass Pollinators: How To Create A Bee-Friendly Yard

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

With the fate of many pollinators hanging in the balance these days, it may be time to reconsider the pure grass, well-trimmed lawn and start creating pollinator friendly lawns instead. This article will help with how to create a bee-friendly yard.

Neem Oil And Ladybugs: Is Neem Oil Harmful To Ladybugs In Gardens

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

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.

Lightning Bug Information – Attracting Lightning Bugs In The Garden

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.

Bee Friendly Plants For Shaded Areas: Shade Loving Plants For Pollinators

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

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 As Pollinators: What Plants Do Bats Pollinate

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 Wasp Identification: How To Find Parasitic Wasp Larvae And Eggs

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.

Identifying Soldier Beetles: Finding Soldier Beetle Larvae In Gardens

By Jackie Carroll

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 Bug Habitats – How To Identify Minute Pirate Bug Eggs And Nymphs

By Teo Spengler

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.

Aphid Midge Life Cycle: Locating Aphid Midge Larvae And Eggs In Gardens

By Liz Baessler

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.

Syrphid Fly Eggs And Larvae: Tips On Hoverfly Identification In Gardens

By Amy Grant

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.

Assassin Bug Identification – How Long Do Assassin Bug Eggs Take To Hatch

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

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 Habitat: Identifying Lacewing Insect Eggs And Larvae

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

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.

Beneficial Ground Beetles: How To Find Ground Beetle Eggs And Larvae

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

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.

Selecting Plants For Butterfly Eggs – Best Plants For Attracting Butterflies

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

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.

Plants For Pollinators: Learn About Pollinator Friendly Plants

Many pollinators have disappeared and others are endangered. Read on to learn about a few of the many pollinator friendly plants. Click this article for more information on plants that attract pollinators to the garden.

Creating Squirrel Friendly Gardens: How To Welcome Squirrels In The Garden

By Liz Baessler

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.

Goats In The Garden – Learn About Using Goats For Weed Control

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

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.

Host Plants For Butterflies: How To Make A Butterfly Container Garden

By Liz Baessler

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.

Praying Mantis Egg Sac Info: Learn About Praying Mantis In The Garden

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Praying mantis in the garden provide a safe, biological weapon to combat pesky insects. What do praying mantis egg sacs look like and when do they hatch? Click this article to learn how to find and care for these amazing insect eggs.

Backyard Garden Chickens: Tips On Raising Chickens In Your Garden

By Karen Boness, Owner of Wild Willow Landscape Design

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 Backyard Beehives – Backyard Beekeeping For Beginners

By Teo Spengler

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.

Birdhouse Information – Tips For Choosing And Using Birdhouses In Gardens

By Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden

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.

Butterfly Garden Feeding: How To Feed And Water Butterflies In Gardens

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.

Wild Bird Seed Mixes – Problems With Bird Seeds In The Garden

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

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.

Creating Owl Boxes: How To Build An Owl House

By Teo Spengler

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.

Rove Beetles In Gardens: Is A Rove Beetle Good Or Bad

By Jackie Carroll

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.

How To Attract Bumble Bees: Tips For Attracting Bumble Bees To The Garden

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.

Alternative Pollination Methods: Tips For Attracting Alternative Pollinators

By Jackie Carroll

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.

Beneficial Garden Animals: What Animals Are Good For Gardens

By Amy Grant

What animals are good for gardens? Many of us are aware of beneficial insects. However, other helpful animals in a garden are important too. Read this article to learn more.

Attracting Turtles: How To Attract Turtles In Garden And Ponds

By Jackie Carroll

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.

Tachinid Fly Information: What Are Tachinid Flies

By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener

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.

Centipedes And Millipedes: Tips On Millipede And Centipede Treatment Outdoors

By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener

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.

What Are Pirate Bugs: Taking Advantage Of Minute Pirate Bugs In Gardens

By Jackie Carroll

Many think bugs in the garden is 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.

Common Garden Birds Of Prey: Attracting Birds Of Prey To Gardens

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

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. Lean more in this article and how to take advantage of these birds.

What Are Robber Flies: Information About Robber Fly Insects

By Kristi Waterworth

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.

What Is An Aphid Midge: Using Aphid Midge Insects For Pest Control

By Jackie Carroll

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.

What Are Big Eyed Bugs: How Are Big Eyed Bugs Beneficial In Gardens

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

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 Fly Information: Plants That Attract Hover Flies To The Garden

By Jackie Carroll

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.

What Are Predatory Wasps: Information On Useful Wasps That Are Predatory

By Jackie Carroll

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.

Are Soldier Beetles Good Or Bad – Attracting Soldier Beetles To The Garden

By Anne Baley

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.

What Are Predatory Thrips: How To Use This Natural Predator For Thrips Control

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

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 Mite Pest Control – Using Predatory Mites In The Garden

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

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.

Attracting Owls Into Garden: Tips For Making Gardens Owl Friendly

By Anne Baley

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.

Nematodes As Pest Control: Learn About Beneficial Entomopathogenic Nematodes

By Amy Grant

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.

What Are Green Lacewings: Tips On Using Lacewings For Insect Control

By Kristi Waterworth

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.

Tips For Attracting Dragonflies – What Plants Attract Dragonflies To Gardens

By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener

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.

Parasitic Wasp Info – Using Parasitic Wasps In Gardens

By Jackie Carroll

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.

Praying Mantis Information: How To Attract A Praying Mantis To The Garden

By Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden

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.

Feeding Backyard Birds: Tips For Attracting Birds To Your Garden

By Jackie Carroll

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.

Frog Friendly Gardens: Tips For Attracting Frogs To The Garden

By Jackie Carroll

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.

Honeybee Swarms: How To Control A Honeybee Swarm In Garden

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

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.

Hummingbird Garden Ideas: Best Flowers For Attracting Hummingbirds

By Jackie Carroll

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.

Bat House Location: How To Attract Bats To A Bat House To The Garden

By Jackie Rhoades

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.

Providing A Garden Snake Habitat – How To Attract Snakes In A Garden

By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener

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: A Natural Predator In Your Garden

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

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.

Tips To Attract Ladybugs To Your Garden

By Heather Rhoades

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.

Butterfly Gardening – Using Butterfly Garden Plants

By Stan V. Griep, American Rose Society Consulting Master Rosarian – Rocky Mountain District

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.

Learn About The Pollination Process And Plants That Need Pollinators

By Heather Rhoades

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.

Tips For Attracting Bees: Plants That Attract Bees

By Kathee Mierzejewski

When it comes to your flowers, you should know that honeybee pollination is important. Attracting bees will ensure that your flowers will grow and multiply. Learn more in this article.

Toads In The Garden – How To Attract Toads

By Heather Rhoades

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.

Pollinator Gardens: Creating A Pollinator Garden

By Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden

You don't need a lot of space to start a pollinator garden. Just a few flowering plants can do the trick. That being said, the following article provides tips for making a pollinator garden.

Butterfly Garden Design: Tips For Attracting Butterflies In Gardens

By Arista Hageman

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.

Attract More Butterflies To Your Garden With Eight Gorgeous Flowers

By Arista Hageman

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.

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