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Turn Your Backyard into Pollinators’ Favorite Place

Here in Florida, sunny isn’t just a constant state of mind. Year-round, our gardens are positively buzzing with life! While many Americans associate pollinators with spring and summer only, the mild winter climate we enjoy in Florida attracts a beautiful variety of pollinator species throughout all 4 seasons, and Sunbridge is no different! By creating a pollinator-friendly backyard, you can support these important creatures while also beautifying your outdoor space.

Winter Visitors: Who’s Buzzing Around?

During the winter months, Florida plays host to a diverse array of pollinators. Some, like many colonies of monarch butterflies, have taken up permanent residence in this warm climate. Others, such as the painted lady butterfly, travel through our state on their way to farther-flung destinations like Mexico. Bees, including native species like the southeastern blueberry bee, continue their vital work of pollinating plants throughout the cooler months.

Create Your Pollinator Paradise

Now that you know who might be stopping by your backyard this winter, it’s time to roll out the welcome mat! Here are some tips for making your outdoor space pollinator-friendly:

  1. Choose Native Plants: Native plants are adapted to Florida’s climate and provide food and shelter for local pollinators. Consider planting species like the firebush, beautyberry, and milkweed, all of which are known to attract a variety of pollinators.
  2. Provide Water: Pollinators need water to survive, so consider adding a shallow dish or birdbath to your garden. Keep it filled with fresh water, and consider adding some rocks or pebbles to provide landing spots for butterflies and bees.
  3. Avoid Pesticides: Pesticides can be harmful to pollinators, so try to avoid using them in your garden. Instead, opt for other pest-control methods such as using insecticidal soaps on your plants.
  4. Create a Habitat: Pollinators need more than just food and water. They also need places to rest and nest. Consider leaving some areas of your garden wild to provide an inviting habitat for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators to call home.

Why Biodiversity Matters

As you design your pollinator-friendly backyard paradise, remember that you’re not just creating a beautiful outdoor space for family and neighbors to enjoy. You’re also playing a role in preserving Florida’s rich and colorful biodiversity! By supporting pollinator activities, you’re helping to ensure the health of our ecosystems—and of the plants and animals that depend on them.

Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just starting out, why not make your backyard a haven for pollinators this winter? With a little elbow grease, you can create a space that helps keep Florida the special place that it is.

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