planting cover crops or "wild" flower areas to promote bees and pollination

Asked March 13, 2017, 11:21 AM EDT

I live in Westminster MD, and have about 1/3 an acre of my lot that I would like to plant a cover crop or let go "natural" or plant wild flowers to promote bees/butterflies. Can I get some information on how to do this and get the supplies? thank you!

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1 Response

This can be a bit more complex than you may think.
First off, be sure that what you are thinking of is allowed in your neighborhood (HOA) or town.
The best pollinator/wildflower fields are not neat and manicured, but a more natural look that some people wouldn't consider sedate enough.
You will want to focus your plantings on native plants and flowers.
Here are some pages that will help you get started;
On pollinators and natives: http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/earth-friendly/how-attract-and-conserve-pollinatorsnatural-enemies-you...
Native Plants of Maryland, What, When and Where: http://extension.umd.edu/sites/extension.umd.edu/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG120_Nati...
and technically how this can be done: http://extension.umd.edu/sites/extension.umd.edu/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/non_HGIC_F...

It might seem tempting to skip it, but killing off/controlling weeds and other vegetation before planting is needed for success.

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