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ECO-FRIENDLY
Promoting
Pollinators
Tips for initiating
pollinator stewardship in
the garden center.
By Trystan Bordeau, Amy Fulcher
and Laura Russo
T
he green industry benefits from services provided
by pollinating insects because plants bearing fruit
at garden centers are often preferred by retail
customers. Also, pollinators help urban landscapes thrive
by fostering berry and other fruit production that assist in
supporting wildlife. Therefore, recognizing the many types
of pollinators and identifying practical ways to support
them is good for pollinators, good for your customers and
good for your business!
There are many pollinator-friendly practices that
the green industry can adopt that do not require new
equipment or changes to production or maintenance
systems, like managing pesticide use, using cover crops,
and taking into consideration when reducing pollen in
ornamental plants so as to not inadvertently reduce
food sources for pollinators. Adopting these practices
only requires awareness and small changes to existing
operations so that land is managed in a way that also
benefits pollinators.
Here are a few pollinator tips that all sectors of the green
industry can benefit from:
* Foster development of school- and community-based
pollinator gardens.
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* Learn about native pollinators to better provide
individual pollinator needs.
* Offer a variety of plants that provide pollen and nectar
throughout the year to create more diverse and
ecologically healthy environments.
* Offer native and/or wild-type flowering plants that
produce nectar and pollen.
* Support local beekeepers and organizations that
research or promote pollinator health.
Specific Pollinator Support Practices
The following include specific practices and strategies
that retail, nursery and landscape businesses can
incorporate into their daily tasks and share with their
customers. These tips provide a range of options for
promoting pollinators, regardless of type of business, space
or resources.
Garden Centers
In the retail industry, providing customers with literature
on the importance of pollinators and engaging suppliers
in conversation regarding the importance of pollinator

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