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Plant for pollination

Whakatō hei mea mahi hae

We depend on pollination to produce the different foods we eat.

Make your garden more appealing to visiting pollinators with these practices.

Create a habitat for pollinators

  • Plant a variety of nectar-rich native plants that bloom at different times of the year.
  • ​Create artificial habitats with different materials to suit different pollinators.

Provide shelter for winter visitors

Some ideas are:

  • upside-down flower pots
  • a small sheet of corrugated iron or onduline
  • piles of rock or logs
  • leaf litter
  • native wire vines and nettles.

Limit use of pesticides and herbicides

Pesticides and herbicides are harmful not only to pests but also to pollinators. They can also end up in streams, ponds, or rivers.

If you need to control pests, apply pesticides and herbicides after sundown when most pollinators have stopped moving around the garden. Try to use organic pesticides.

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