Planting for Pollinators

Planting for Pollinators

Want to pique pollinator interest in your landscape? The WaterSaver Landscape Coupon can help you create your own pollinator garden. But hurry — deadline to apply is Oct. 15!

If you’ve been wanting to pique pollinator interest in your landscape, you still have time to use the WaterSaver Landscape Coupon to create your own pollinator garden.

With the coupon, you’ll be able to purchase all sorts of plants that feed both adults and youths. But you have to be quick about it — the application deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 15!

The Process is Simple

1. Apply for 1-4 landscape coupons, depending on how much grass you want to remove. You must remove 200 square feet per coupon.

2. Remove the grass — dig, cover or spray.

3. Schedule an irrigation consultation if you have an irrigation system and haven’t had a consultation this year.

4. Select plants from these categories that are great for pollinators:

a. Fall blooming plants — coupon-eligible plants include autumn sage, cenizo, esperanza, Turks cap or white mistflower.

b. Spring blooming plants — coupon-eligible plants in this category include antelope horn milkweed, blackfoot daisy, frogfruit and mountain laurel.

c. Larval host plants — choose from green milkweed, antelope horn milkweed, butterfly milkweed, Gregg’s mistflower, flame acanthus or zizotes milkweed.

5. Avoid using gardening materials and pesticides that may harm adults and young pollinators.

Additional options for pollinator plants may be found using the advanced search feature in the Find a Plant section. Identify specific attributes such as pollinator friendly.

If you’re not quite ready to plant a pollinator garden, but want to learn more about helping butterflies, bees and hummingbirds on their journeys and rebirth, the Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival happens Oct. 19-21 at Pearl, 303 Pearl Parkway.

This three-day celebration is dedicated to the education and science of butterflies and other pollinators. You’ll have opportunities to learn from pollination experts, participate in citizen science, enjoy pollinator-themed food and observe butterfly visual displays.

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Sarah Gorton

Sarah Gorton is an intern with SAWS Conservation department. She is passionate about bats, having worked in wildlife rehabilitation, volunteering at Bracken Bat Cave and researching bats with acoustic monitors. Sarah has the greenest porch at her apartment complex and is slowly expanding her potted native plant jungle to the nearby sidewalks. Sarah is on a mission to enhance her native plant knowledge through Master Naturalist and Texas Native Plant Society certification courses. She can often be found hiking with her small dogs in large national parks to increase her collection of Junior Park Ranger badges.