Pruning for Pollinators

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Take a look at this episode of Extension Gardener on the Crystal Coast video series, as Shawn Banks discusses how pruning perennials can benefit pollinator nesting.

Some perennials have long fat stems that certain solitary bees and wasps may find useful as nesting sites. If we cut them all down then these bees and wasps have fewer nesting sites available to them.

In this video, you’ll learn:

  • How fat the stems need to be for bees and wasps to use them for nesting.
  • What household item can be used as a guide to select ideal plants for this pruning.
  • How long the stems should be left in the landscape so they aren’t an eyesore for those admiring the garden.

Shawn has an unexpected visitor in the video, as his cat inspects his pruning job!

Shawn is bending down to prune long stemmed perennials to benefit pollinator nesting.

Pruning long stemmed perennials to benefit pollinator nesting.