Greetings - I am interested in converting my lawn (at least back yard) into a pollenator, or bee, lawn. I live in Beaverton and have a pretty standard size suburban back yard. The online sources like the Xerces Society have good general guidance. The best single source I found is this website http://www.blue-thumb.org/turfalternatives/pollinator-friendly-bee-lawn/ -- it's a clean water agency in Minnesota. My question is this: are there recommended seed mixes for a bee lawn in the Pacific Northwest? I'm not looking to create a meadow, rather still a semi-lawn appearing area which is mown high and infrequently and is drought tolerant. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Washington County Oregon
Thank you for your question. There really are so many resources, in addition to the Xerces publications, that it is mind-boggling!
Here are the ones from WSU and OSU (and one collaboration between OSU and Metro):
Hope these are helpful. Good luck!