Attracting Beneficial Insects to your garden

dirtboy58(Zone 7 MD)June 19, 2009

Too many aphids? Only planting trees and shrubs? You're missing out on one of the most important starts to a natural landscape. Plants that attract beneficial insects. I found this site very helpful to know the right plants to put in our little wildlife refuge.

http://coopext.colostate.edu/4dmg/PHC/benefici.htm

Good luck!

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christie_sw_mo(Z6)

Thanks Dirtboy! Thanks a good link.
I didn't know that lacewing larva dine on aphids.
I think my yard is lacking in early bloomers so I'm looking through that list..
I'll put the link below so it's clickable for others.

Here is a link that might be useful: CSU Growing Plants to Attract Beneficial Insects

    Bookmark   June 27, 2009 at 8:33AM
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terrene(5b MA)

Thank you for the interesting link. Someone on the native plants forum posted a great link on this subject awhile back, which I bookmarked. A study by Michigan state University on which native plants attracted the most beneficials and pollinators. They studied a few non-natives too.

Of course, this particular study focused on plants native to Michigan, which may not be applicable to New Mexico or Florida.

Here is a link that might be useful: The 26 most attractive Michigan native perennials for attracting

    Bookmark   July 12, 2009 at 11:53AM
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