|lots of dead plant material here!|
Several months ago I talked about bumble bees and what we can do to help them. There are other insects we can help too, like lady bugs (lady beetles), green lacewings, ground beetles, and solitary ground dwelling bees.
First, if you have dead or dying trees, unless they are a hazard (or infested with an invasive species) leave them standing. Many insects use them as a home- including beetles, lady bugs and bees.
Second, rock piles are excellent places for garden allies to overwinter. I purposely created one and continually add to it to create habitat for insects and/or snakes.
|resident snake hiding from my camera|
|elderberry with pith dug out by solitary bee|
Finally, if there are bare patches of dry soil in sunny areas, instead of reseeding the grass or mulching over it, let them stay bare. I'm not talking about huge areas that are in danger of eroding, I really mean patches. These are often used by ground dwelling bees as nest sites.
|these bare spots are perfect sites for bees to create nests|