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Bees and butterflies, as well as other pollinators such as bats and birds, can tell you a lot about the health of the environment. Once they begin disappearing, everything else swiftly falls as well. 

To start making your unused and unproductive farmland a pollinator haven, consider the following:


Add Native Plants.


You can't underestimate the importance of introducing native plants to your farm. Many studies have concluded that pollinators prefer native plants to their oriental, European, or Mediterranean counterparts. Yes, things such as Lavender and Rosemary are beneficial to pollinators, but native plants such as dandelions, asters, and others are often preferred.


Reduce or eliminate the use of harsh pesticides.


Not only are pollinators harmed and killed by harsh pesticides, but they often find their way into water sources and streams that flow out to the ocean and serve as drinking water for not only other wildlife species but humans as well. Whenever possible, use natural alternatives, such as neem oil, diatomaceous earth, or interplanting crops with "companion" plants that help deter pests. Marigold is one example of a companion crop, but so are many alliums (garlic and onions) that also have a pest deterrent effect.


Set up pollinator-specific "houses." 


Houses such as bug houses, nest boxes, and bat houses are all great for a variety of pollinators. As long as there is a species-specific "house" you'll have a better chance of attracting pollinators and helping to create a safe haven for them where they will be protected and able to thrive. 

To learn more about how to make unused farmland pollinator havens,  click here