Helping our bee pollinators with plants

 


Plants for Pollination

We’ve all heard about the problems that bees are having. Pesticides, cialis viruses, discount cialis parasites, pathogens and lack of habitat are making it harder for bees to survive. They are an especially important part of our ecosystem because they pollinate many of the plants that provide food to us.

What can we do individually to help bees and other pollinators? It seems like the problem is bigger than us. But, one easy thing we can do is to plant the plants that attract bees. Giving them more food sources is a step in the right direction to help bees.

Bees prefer plants that have bright white, yellow or blue flowers that are shallow and have a platform shape that they can land on. Here are some of the desert plants that attract bees. Consider planting some of them when adding plants to your landscape.

  • Blackfoot Daisy (Melampodium leucanthum)
  • Penstemon (Penstemon spp.)
  • Bee Brush (Aloysia gratissima)
  • Foothills Palo Verde (Parkinsonia microphylla)
  • Bee Balm (Monarda fistulosa)
  • Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata)

These are just some of the plants and trees that attract bees. Often you will see lots of bees on plants that have blooming flowers. They generally leave after the flowers are finished blooming.

A good resource is the guide for selecting plants for pollinators. Let us know if you have any questions about plants that attract pollinators. We’re here to help you. We can be reached at (520) 370-5697 or email us at dmunoz@sonoran-oasis.com.

Sustainable Landscape Management Certified

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of our crew leaders, Alfred Camacho, recently completed and passed the Sustainable Landscape Management (SLM) program through ALCA and is now certified as a SLM  professional. This certification is extremely important in understanding how to properly manage landscape plants, irrigation systems and landscape projects in our desert environment. We are very proud of Alfred.

An important part of our company culture is the continuing education of our employees in our field of landscaping. We are also dedicated to helping our clients find ways to have better looking landscapes while saving water. And, sharing new innovations and technology that helps our environment and our clients’ outdoor spaces.

One way we do this is by being members of the Arizona Landscape Contractors Association (ALCA) and sending our employees through training that they offer.

Today is National Macaroon Day!

This flourless cookie is popular with the Jewish community especially during Passover.  Instead of wheat flour they use ground nuts and leavened egg whites.

Eat a macaroon in honor of the day.

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