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-M├Ąder, 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.
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Regional Guides

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.

California 327A Conservation Cover

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California 422A Hedgerow Planting

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Delaware Conservation Cover (327)

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Florida Conservation Cover (327)

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Florida Hedgerow (422)

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Maryland Conservation Cover (327)

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New England Conservation Cover (327)

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New Jersey Conservation Cover (327)

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New Jersey Hedgerow Planting(422)

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Oklahoma Hedgerow Planting (422)

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Pacific Islands Area Habitat Planting

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Pennsylvania Conservation Cover (327)

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Pennsylvania Hedgerow Planting (422)

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Upper Midwest Pollinator Meadow Install Guide & Checklist

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Western Oregon & Washington Conservation Cover (327)

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Western Oregon & Washington Hedgerow Planting (422)

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Wisconsin CRP-SAFE for Karner Blue Butterflies

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