Planning a pollinator friendly garden

Asked September 21, 2019, 4:42 PM EDT

Hello, I have a place in my yard that is currently landscaped with large evergreen arborvitae shrub and I would like advice on how to remove this and remake the space to support pollinator friendly plants. It is on the south side of my home and I am really hoping to get some ideas on how to proceed

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1 Response

Thanks for the question.

Congratulations on your anticipated project.

Removing the existing arborvitae may present a challenge. Typically they have an extensive root system. You will need to remove as much of this system as possible in order to have successful planting for your garden. If you are considering doing this yourself, here are some suggestions:

https://www.doityourself.com/stry/how-to-remove-an-arborvitae-from-your-garden

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkU9Sz-fgGI

Here are some publications dealing with the preparation of a pollinator garden and the types of plants you may wish to consider:

https://extension.umn.edu/lawns-and-landscapes/flowers-pollinators

https://www.beelab.umn.edu/bees/flowers/plants-mn-bees

https://www.beelab.umn.edu/wild-bees/wild-bees-flowers/beelawn

https://www.beelab.umn.edu/flowers

https://www.fws.gov/midwest/news/PollinatorGarden.html

Two suggestions:

1). It is now too late (late September) to do much planting. Use the coming winter months to make plant selections and do any necessary ordering.

2). Yet this fall besides removing the arborvitae, do as much of the soil preparation as possible. This should include doing a soil analysis. The University of Minnesota can perform such testing for a nominal fee and make nutrient recommendations. See:

http://soiltest.cfans.umn.edu/testing-services

Please get back to us if you have any additional questions. Good Luck!!