Spring is just around the corner and this means butterflies will soon be returning to the area looking for the perfect spot to live and lay their eggs. Planting pollinator and nectar species of trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals is a great way to make sure these beautiful creatures visit your garden this season. From a large pollinator border to a small container, planting just a few select species can bring them flitting your way!
Buddleia (Butterfly Bush)
Ligustrum ( Japanese Privet)
Campsis (Trumpet Vine)
Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed)
Chrysanthemum (Shasta Daisy)
Eupatorium (Joe-Pye weed)
Gaillardia (Blanket Flower)
Monarda (Bee Balm)
Rudbeckia (Black-eyed Susan)
Scabiosa (Pincushion Flower)
ANNUALS & TENDER PERENNIALS:
PREPARING GARDEN BEDS for PLANTING:
Once the ground is workable, remove winter mulch and till the soil to remove winter weeds and debris.
Test the pH of your soil.
Lime may be added to your planting beds and gardens where the pH needs to be raised. Or. Lower the pH by incorporating Sulphur.
Enrich the soil with conditioners such as Bumper Crop, composted leaves, or humus to your existing soil. These products will add organic matter, improve drainage and lighten the soil so that plants can get established and thrive.
Lightly rake to prepare a smooth soil surface. Uniformly rake Preen, Preen n Green or Corn Gluten into the top 1-2 inches of the soil to help keep the weeds at bay.
Edge your beds, or garden then finish with mulch.