It is true…not all insects are bad. In fact, there are some that we want to attract like. As 2019 rolls in and our minds focus on the new year and the spring season that lies ahead of us, gardening can be the perfect breath of fresh air (literally). More specifically, butterfly gardens are designed to attract butterflies as an organic way to pollinate your garden – not to mention their beauty. Here are a few tips to attract butterflies to your garden.
Butterflies need to have a place to seek shelter from other predators. Leave a pile of grass or a decomposed log in your garden for butterflies to call their home.
Quit the toxic pesticides. These harmful chemicals might provide quick relief from unwanted organisms, but they also eliminate the wanted ones, such as butterflies. Switch to an organic pesticide to keep away the bugs that might eat caterpillar larvae while also eliminating any damage the pesticide itself might cause to the larvae.
Provide Food and Water
In order to sustain any life, you need to provide it with food and water. Butterflies are no different. For example, butterflies love muddy puddles because they carry nutrients and quench their thirst.
Plant Native Plants
Now you may be thinking, what should I actually plant in my garden to attract butterflies? As both flowers and butterflies have co-evolved over time, it has been proven time and time again that butterflies are attracted to flowers native to their region. These plants provide the necessary nectar and other nutrients for both caterpillars and adult butterflies. So go with native plants for the best shot at attracting butterflies.
In order to get more information on going organic in your home garden, contact Apple Pest Control today.