BusinessEnvironmentGardeners, Nurseries Urged to Protect Bees

Gardeners, Nurseries Urged to Protect Bees

-

- Advertisment -sslate

This spring, pollinator gardens are gaining popularity – but some well-meaning gardeners may not realize they could be harming the species they’re trying to protect.

Plants sold at many retail nurseries to attract bees and butterflies actually contain pesticides that can kill or sterilize pollinators.

Aimee Code, pesticide program director at the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation urged consumers to ask questions before they buy.

“To make sure that we’re doing the right thing for those pollinators,” said Code, “it’s worth going to your nursery and asking them, ‘Are you using neonicotinoids on these plants? Do you talk to your supplier about their practices to protect bees?'”

bees

You can find a tip sheet with other questions to ask on the Xerces Society website. They also have a guide for nurseries on how to repel pests without using harmful pesticides.

A 2019 study from the University of New Hampshire found 14 bee species native to the Northeast are in decline, including yellow-banded and rusty patch bumblebees that were once common.

Lowe’s and Home Depot did stop selling plants grown with neonicotinoids, but conservation groups want them to go further and ban other types of pesticides as well.

Code said shoppers should ask for organically grown plants, and be willing to accept them – even if they have a few blemishes.

“Consumers want perfect plants that appear fully healthy, so any little nibble, any little ‘off’ color concerns the consumer,” said Code. “And that actually leads to pretty heavy pesticide use in the nursery industry.”

A 2014 study from Friends of the Earth tested plants across the country and found pesticide residue was ubiquitous – not only on farms, but at parks, gardens, nurseries and even wildlife refuges.

Sunshine Slate
Sunshine Slatehttps://www.sunshineslate.com
Sunshine Slate is your news, entertainment, music fashion website. We provide you with the latest breaking news and videos straight from the United States of America.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest news

Qualities of a Good Customer Service Agent

what qualities should you look for when searching for customer service? We’ve highlighted some qualities for you.

Florida Educators Decry Classroom ‘Politicization’ as Gov Relaxes Teaching Rules

As Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis defends and expands his call to have military veterans bypass the teacher certification process to become educators

What Advantages Do HydraFacials Offer?

It is not shocking that HydraFacials have become one of the most well-known face trends in the contemporary day.

Students Returning to Campus Urged to Check Mental-Health Resources

Mental-health experts are urging both students and parents to familiarize themselves with the school's on-site mental-health resources.
- Advertisement -

Back-to-School Checklist: Remember Health-Care Coverage

As a new school year kicks into gear, advocacy groups want to ensure Ohio kids have access to medical coverage to keep them healthy and ready to learn.

Hosepipe-Ban Garden Survival Guide

Sproutl’s Creative Director, Hollie Newton shares her top tips for gardening in a drought.
edealo.com
- Advertisement - Motel 6
transformerscon

Must read

Qualities of a Good Customer Service Agent

what qualities should you look for when searching for customer service? We’ve highlighted some qualities for you.

Best Apps for your New Mobile Phone

We can install any app from the google play store very quickly. Let’s take a look at some most amazing apps for android mobile phones.
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -sslate

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you