Attracting beneficial or “good” bugs to your garden is a safe way to control “bad bugs” and save time on maintenance. If you choose garden plantings that provide the right food and shelter for beneficial insects they’ll take care of the “bad” insects for you. The three types of beneficial insects you want are those that: pollinate insects, provide food for birds, and prey on other insects or “bad” bugs. Insects work for you every day because they have to eat. One ladybug can consume 5,000 aphids during their life!
If you are creating some new flower gardens or borders considering the balance of good bugs and bad bugs. Choosing plants based on these three things can increase your good bug population and create a border patrol: the flower type, what type of bloom they have, and what types of shelter do they offer insects.
A big benefit is that you can lower your bug population which makes it more pleasurable to be out on the deck, patio, or other outdoor living spaces. Our professional landscape designers can help you choose and place the correct plants to make your garden plantings provide the insect border patrol best suited for your yard. Ornamental grasses, Echinacea, lavender, potentilla, Texas sage, anise hyssop, and pussy willows will attract multitudes of insects. They are great additions to the garden. They have beautiful blooms, are good to look at during multiple seasons, and will fit into almost any sunny spot. An extra bonus—you”ll see an increase in the butterflies, bees, and ladybugs in your garden when you plant flowers that have pollen and nectar.
To make choices of what plants you would like to create a border patrols for your flower garden or border contact us on 952-292-7717.