May of 2020 presents a lush green face at the Frey Vineyards ranch in Mendocino County in northern California. It is two and a half years since the devastating wildfires of October 2017 (read Katrina’s 2018 article – Out of the Ashes on GreenMoney website). One still sees the burned silhouettes of stately Ponderosa Pine at the top of the ridges but progressing up the slopes are shrubby masses of tan oak, madrones and oaks that are stump sprouting from their strong pre-fire crowns. Frey Vineyards owns one thousand acres of land.
These tips will help you design a landscape that feeds the many creatures that rely on flower pollen.
Pollinators are a crucial component of an ecosystem and are instrumental in the reproduction of over 85 percent of the world’s flowering plants and two-thirds of the world’s crop species. A diverse group fulfills this important work, including bats, bees, birds, flies, moths, wasps, butterflies and beetles, many of which are in rapid decline. A decade ago, beekeepers in the United States and abroad started noticing concerning drops in honeybee populations.