Pollinator Habitat Installation Guides
Establishing wildflower habitat for pollinators is the single most effective course of action to conserve pollinators that can be taken by anyone at any scale, from small container gardens to acres or miles of wildflower plantings. Flowers provide the nectar and pollen resources that pollinators feed on. Growing the right flowers, shrubs, and trees with overlapping bloom times will support pollinators from spring through fall.
Establishing Pollinator Meadows from Seed
By Eric Lee-Mäder, Brianna Borders, and Ashley Minnerath.
Even small patches of native plants can provide important foraging and nesting resources for pollinators. These guidelines provide step-by-step instructions for establishing pollinator meadows from seed in areas that range in size from a small backyard garden up to areas around an acre. Use this document with the Pollinator Plant List applicable to your region, also available through the Pollinator Conservation Resource Center.
These region- and state-specific guidelines provide in-depth practical guidance on how to install and maintain nectar- and pollen-rich habitat for pollinators in the form of wildflower meadow plantings/ conservation cover (NRCS Conservation Practice 327) or linear rows of native flowering shrubs/ hedgerow plantings (NRCS Conservation Practice 422). Seed mixes and plant recommendations for each region are included in the appendix of each guide. NRCS field staff and conservationists, please contact your state biologists or plant materials specialists regarding the status of these guidelines in your state.