Take On The Role Of A Contractor In Your Home

As the father of an autistic child, I have been faced with more than a few necessary home modifications projects. Unfortunately, with the high cost of raising a special needs child and my wife's decision to stay home and raise our son, there simply was no room in our budget to hire a contractor to complete these projects for us. Each weekend for nearly a year, I would pick a project to work on. This past month, I finally finished every project on my list. After learning more than I thought I would ever know about home construction and repair, I have a new found appreciation for the skills of general and specialty contractors. That is why I decided to start this blog to pay tribute to the job these contractors do, and help to empower more homeowners to take on the role of a contractor in their home.

To Bee Or Not To Bee: Design Your Landscaping To Attract Essential Pollinators

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When planning the landscaping for your home, consider incorporating plant species that attract pollinators. Pollinators are creatures that help move pollen to different flowers. Pollination is essential to a thriving ecosystem. It has numerous benefits, such as promoting genetic diversity among the plant species, encouraging the development of fruit, and increasing oxygen levels. Prepare your gardens so that they are beneficial to the following essential pollinators.

1. Bees

Bees are necessary pollinators for a variety of plants, from lovely wild flowers to delicious crops. 

To create a hospitable environment for bees, plant wild flowers or crops that are native to your area. Flowers with only a single ring of petals make it easier for the bees to reach the pollen.

Geraniums work well in areas with a lot of sunlight. If preferred, you can use geraniums as a part of a container garden.

Sweet alyssum boasts minute white flowers that give a garden a delicate atmosphere. Plant it along pathways and walls. Areas with full and part shade are both suitable.

2. Humming Birds

Like bees, humming birds prefer plants that are native to your region, but they also like other varieties. Plants with tubular blossoms are preferred; due to the shape, humming birds can easily access the nectar, while insects cannot.

The yellow trumpetbush generally grows from three to six feet in height, making it great for areas that need large varieties. In addition to having blossoms that humming birds adore, it is tolerant to drought conditions. 

Honeysuckles are a vine plant that grow best in full sun conditions. Incorporate honeysuckles along an elegant trellis or fence, or even integrate them into your flower beds to help prevent erosion.

3. Butterflies

In order to draw butterflies to your garden, add flowers for both caterpillars and butterflies. 

Buddleja Buzz, also known as a butterfly bush, is a popular choice for cold climates. It is a hardy species, making it ideal for harsh winters. This bush grows to four feet in height and contains blue, white, or purple flowers.

Blue porterweed is attractive specifically to monarch butterflies. It is another option for areas with cold weather.

Homeowners interested in landscaping with perennials should add allium tanguticum. Since it is a perennial, it returns each year with gorgeous purple flowers. 

To make sure caterpillars have ample food to become butterflies, integrate milkweed into your garden. There are several varieties of milkweed, ensuring you can find a species ideal for your hardiness zone.

When designing the landscaping for your home, select flowers that are functional and beautiful. Species that attract pollinators are especially environmentally friendly and add charming wildlife to your landscaping. For more information and options, talk with a landscaper in your area, such as those at The Hilltop Landscape Architects & Contractors.

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16 May 2016