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Help Bring Back Pollinator Populations

Recently, we’ve seen an increase in attention focused on the plight of pollinators, in particular the honeybee. Honeybees are extremely important agricultural pollinators, while other native bees are also seeing population declines. The Rusty Patched Bumblebee is native to the Upper Midwest and was just added to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services endangered list. Many people have been asking us what they can do to help support local St. Louis-area bee, butterfly, and other pollinator populations.

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What to Plant in Your Butterfly Garden

Oftentimes, our clients ask us what plants work best to attract beautiful butterflies to their yard. For over ten years we’ve been working with homeowners and property managers to create an outdoor oasis

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Start Your Monarch-Friendly Butterfly Garden

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What you can do NOW to support the Monarch Butterflies

1. Plant a butterfly garden containing milkweed and other nectar sources.  Milkweed contains a toxin which the young caterpillars consume to keep away predators–they depend on milkweed to survive.

2. Encourage public land managers to transform common ground and open spaces of turf into butterfly habitats containing native plants.

3. Tell your friends and family about the importance of adding milkweed to their gardens.

Tips on Starting Your Butterfly Garden

  • Choose a location that gets at least 6 hours of direct sunlight.
  • Interplant species of milkweed with ornamental grasses and other nectar sources that bloom at different times throughout the year, creating a naturalized look that’s beautiful and useful all season long.
  • Water your new plants regularly and lightly mulch them the first season.  Don’t over-mulch or over-water because native plants need air to breathe.
  • As part of the Milkweed for Monarchs program, St. Louis City has created a list of recommended plants to help you in establishing your monarch garden.  To view names and pictures of recommended plant varieties, view this webpage.
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Karen Westman, Landscape Designer

If you would like to develop a monarch-friendly design for your yard, contact Karen to set up a design consultation.  Whether you want the design professionally implemented or you enjoy the DIY experience, Karen provides outstanding and sustainable designs, tips and resources.  Contact Karen directly via phone at 314-954-6140 or via email at karenwestman@quietvillagelandscaping.com.

For updated information on the STL Milkweeds for Monarchs initiative and to receive recognition for creating a monarch garden, please visit stlouis-mo.gov/sustainability.

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Milkweed for Monarchs

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Monarch butterfly populations are rapidly declining due to drought conditions, increased insecticide and herbicide use, overwhelming habitat loss, and the steep decrease in milkweed plants. 

Monarch butterflies are beautiful and important participants in pollinating plants in our ecosystem. However, their population has declined 90 percent over the last twenty years. Female monarchs rely on milkweed to lay their eggs and feed their caterpillar larvae. While other flower species can serve as nectar sources for mature butterflies, only milkweed varieties can feed the monarch caterpillars, enabling the monarch population to grow.

To combat the monarchs’ decline, Mayor Slay announced a new City sustainability initiative called ‘Milkweeds for Monarchs.’  The project’s goal is to increase the monarch butterfly population and to better connect people and urban nature.  Mayor Slay has committed the City to planting 50 monarch gardens.  He challenges the community to plant an additional 200 monarch gardens in 2014.

Working together with community plant and butterfly experts, the City has created a list of recommended plants to help you in establishing your monarch garden.  To view names and pictures of recommended plant varieties, go to https://stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/mayor/news/milkweeds-for-monarchs-initiative.cfm. These plants have been carefully selected to provide the best benefits for the butterflies and your personal enjoyment. These varieties flower at different times of the growing season, offering seasonal color and essential butterfly food and nectar sources.

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Karen Westman, Landscape Designer

If you would like to develop a monarch-friendly design for your yard, contact Karen to set up a design consultation.  Whether you want the design professionally implemented or you enjoy the DIY experience, Karen provides outstanding and sustainable designs, tips and resources.  Contact Karen directly via phone at 314-954-6140 or via email at karenwestman@quietvillagelandscaping.com.

For updated information on the STL Milkweeds for Monarchs initiative and to receive recognition for creating a monarch garden, please visit stlouis-mo.gov/sustainability.

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