The Importance of Pollination

by Lorraine on December 8, 2008

Here is the third part of Casy’s article about what is pollination and why it is so important for not only for reproduction of plants, but for the planet, itself.

Part III


Hosting native pollinators can increase production in your garden and on your farm, will increase the amount of other wildlife on your property, and will provide beauty and enjoyment.  Native pollinators are best adapted to utilize native plants.  By providing native plants, you will attract the pollinators to your property.  The trick is to keep them there.  The way to do this is to plant a mixture of plants that provide flowers at different times of the year, so there is always something flowering.  Some plants to consider include yarrow, California rose, elderberry, coyote bush, mulefat, sycamore, willows, oaks, monkeyflower, California fuchsia, sages, coffeeberry, toyon, buckwheat, native grasses, and wildflowers.  Just be sure to get locally native plants!  There are many places to find these plants and seeds in the area, including Matilija Nursery, S&S Seeds, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Theodore Payne Foundation, and Albright Seed Co.  Native plants are often close to the same price as common landscaping plants. 


Fall and winter is the best time to plant natives, so now is time to start planning.  These plants can replace traditional landscaping and lawns, or can be added into existing landscaping.  Native plants can also be planted around farms in hedgerows.  It is important to remember that most California native plants are drought tolerant and too much water after the plants are established could damage them.  Native plants also do not need fertilizer.  Remember to plant plants with similar environmental requirements together such as the amount of sun, soils moisture, and soil type.


Casey Burns, Biologist; USDA

Natural Resources Conservation Services

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