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Creating a Pollinator-Friendly Yard in Salt Lake City

We’re big believers in the importance of a yard that aesthetically enhances the value of your property…especially if you plan to sell at any point. Potential buyers (and random passers-by, come to that) love to see a beautiful yard, not only for superficial reasons, but for a little inspiration on how they can spruce up their outdoor spaces. However, we also recognize that each of us has a responsibility to do whatever we can individually to contribute to the well-being of our local ecosystem. One lovely way to achieve that? Create a space that’s pollinator-friendly in front or backyard.

Below are just a few options for making your yard something of a bustling hub to the many (over 900!) species of bees Native to Utah, along with butterflies, hummingbirds, beetles, and other essential pollinators.

  • Go Native: Plants like the Rocky Mountain Bee plant, Showy Milkweed, Russian Sage, and Firecracker Penstemon are perfectly adapted to Salt Lake’s climate because they’re native species. This means they’re also low-maintenance and irresistible to local pollinators. These flowering plants can provide a rich source of nectar and pollen, which turns your yard into a favorite dining spot for tiny, beneficial visitors.

  • Embrace Diversity: To keep pollinators visiting throughout the season, plant a diverse array of flowers that bloom at different times. This colorful variety not only adds visual interest to your yard, but also guarantees a consistent food supply for pollinators, making your home their go-to destination.

  • Nix Pesticides: Pesticides can be harmful to pollinators, so it’s best to avoid them altogether (keep in mind: if it kills mosquitoes, it’s probably also going to kill bees). Instead, opt for natural pest control methods or use them sparingly. You can also look up mosquito-repellent species of plants and how to activate them (marigolds, lavender, rosemary, and lemon balm are a few examples). By keeping your yard chemical-free, you create a safe sanctuary for pollinators to bloom.

  • Offer Beverages: Like anyone else, pollinators need a cool drink on a hot day. By installing a shallow birdbath or small fountain, they’re provided a perfect spot to hydrate and rest. As a bonus, these water features add a nice, chill ambiance to your outdoor space (you're welcome) and provide hours of delight for any ornithologist (honey, get the binocs).

  • Let It Breathe: Many of our native bee species are actually ground nesters, and it’s good to keep these little buddies in mind. By leaving patches of bare soil in your yard, you can create something of a welcoming environment for them to call “home.” Who knew that a little bare ground could bee so beneficial? 

  • Provide Shelter: Nesting sites for pollinators are often created in deadwood or hollow stems, so leave a few in your yard. There are also ways to get particularly crafty and build a bee hotel using bamboo or drilled wood blocks (click HERE for a simple diy (or HERE for instructions on how to make one with kids). Cozy accommodations are an enticing habitat for pollinators in need of a place to settle down.

Bonus…Spread the Pollinator Love. A little hot goss could go a long way: by sharing your pollinator-friendly info with your neighbors, you can encourage them to join you in establishing a flourishing network of pollinating habitats throughout your Salt Lake community. Enhance the beauty and ecological value of your entire neighborhood. Sign up HERE to participate in the Utah Pollinator Habitat Program.

At Homeworks, we believe that investing in the health of our local ecosystem is just as important as investing in your home. Creating a pollinator-friendly yard is not only a rewarding experience, but also a simple way to make a positive impact on the environment and contribute to the well-being of your home and city.

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