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A landscaper told me that spraying aromatic oils such as garlic and cedar oil to get rid of ticks and mosquitoes will not harm bees. Is this true?
What are the risks posed by grazing deer to these experiments and to native plants in general as deer populations are exploding?
Our property is mostly shade. Very few areas get more than 6 hours sun a day. We would love to support pollinators. Is it possible? advice?
How do I get a copy of the list of pollinator plants you are recommending in your toolkit? Or where can I buy a tool kit? I live in Weston and would love to add some pollinators to my yard. I also manage a school garden in Newton where I may be able to add some plants.
Can you describe the bee nesting boxes a bit more?
How do you recommend to best plant for areas where there are multiple honey bee colonies competing with native bees?
We will be posting the link to our plants for purchase on the LLCT website soon!
Would you be able to recommend any early pollen sources for animal pollinators for landscapes other than pussy willow. Our landscape is upland and not suitable for pussy willows. I’ve heard some annuals can help fill in this gap for early spring pollen sources. Is that worthwhile to consider?
What temperature will wild bees become active?
Susan Hall Mygatt
does LLCT provide any onsite advice as to whether planting for pollinators makes sense on a particular site
Where can we find these plants to purchase?
What about partridge pea as a cover crop?
Can you talk a bit about best practices for fall and spring leaf clean up where it is not feasible to just leave the leaves in place?
For plant sources go to https://www.svtweb.org/mca-pollinator-preservation-garden-toolkit and click on “Find Plants from Dr. Gegear’s List”. This information has been gathered by the Native Pollinator Task Force of the MetroWest Conservation Alliance
I had lots of golden digger wasps in my yard last year, and I hear that they are “good,” is this true?
Can you comment on the value of Partridge Pea. Does it help the pollinators?
can you put the link to the took kit in the chat?
Is Glechoma hederacea (currently blooming in my yard) supportive for early native pollinators?
Is it OK to visit the Birches School and walk around in the garden?
There's a lovely hillside of lupin in the Minuteman Park. Right before the Hanscom Drive underpass. Check it out. :-)
Yes, please visit the Birches School site. Willows are just budding. Seek out Jane GC via the land trust and I would be happy to meet with you at the site to walk you through it.
Heather Holm is coming out with a new book on wasps. Check it out from the library!
Jane, thank you! We would love to meet up get a walk through We’ll be in touch!
The great golden digger wasps are also solitary dwellers— not at all aggressive, in case you are worried!
Terrific Wendy ;)
In the built environment, if you plant a garden that targets threatened species, “will they really come?”
Prunella vulgaris is great, mine does not bloom here till late June.
My property is forest and forest edge — how can I make it hospitable to pollinators?
Southborough put in a Beecology Research Garden last year filled with Dr.Gegear's plants and had Bombus vagans and Bombus fervidus frequently visit when in the year before we hadn't seen any B. fervidus after 1 queen in early spring.
Can these toolkits work in municipal locations like traffic islands?
All the willow species on your plant list are "male". Do you recommend only planting male willows?
Any concern about casualties from traffic?
Are there other “shields” — man made?
How wide of a geographical range would these toolkits be useful for ?
Thank you so much for an informative evening!
Just a comment—thanks so much!
There are enormous median strips in Hanscom Drive that only have grass on them. Full, full sun. Is there anyway those could be planted?
Please disregard - I guess you wouldn’t want them anywhere close...
MANY THANKS LLCT!
Ted Kendziora USFWS
Thank you Evan for a great plan and presentation!
Thank you, Evan! Thank you, Bryn! Thank you, Rob! Thank you, LLCT!