Betty Robison, member of the Rices Landing Town and Country Garden Club, presented program at the club’s recent meeting on the importance of pollinators in the food chain.
She named and discussed the more common pollinators – bees, birds, bats, butterflies and beetles – stressing the importance of establishing a pollinator and creating a friendly habitat in one’s landscape, whether it be containers, patios, yards or gardens.
Pollinators are four times more attracted to native plants than non-native plants. These plants should be of different sizes, shapes, heights and colors.
Butterflies are attracted to orange, red and yellow colors while bees prefer blue and yellow.
Since researchers have isolated 121 different pesticides in bee pollen, it is important to use non-toxic pesticide on plants. A common one is using one teaspoon of Dawn dishwashing liquid in one quart of water in a spray bottle and spraying outdoor and indoor plants. This is a more natural option for spraying pests, such as flea beetles, Japanese beetles, sawflies, tent worms, slugs and aphids.
Robison is the owner of Robison Acres Plant Sanctuary in Scenery Hill and has been a member of the Washington County Master Gardeners for 16 years.