How Can Gardeners Help Reverse The Alarming Decline Of Insects?

With different planting and by rejecting instecticides, even small green spaces can promote biodiversity. Gardeners’ attitudes to insects, like those of humans in general, are a mixed bag. Butterflies’ brief, fluttering lives make them beloved wonders. Bees have long been a source of fascination as well as honey. But the reason why some creepy-crawlies have been classified as pests while others haven’t moves beyond appearances. Horticulturists, like farmers, generally object to insects that eat what they grow. This hasn’t saved the creatures that don’t consume crops or garden plants. Habitat loss resulting from urbanization and deforestation, and pesticide use in agriculture, mean that global insect populations are in steep decline. What are your thoughts LiveTribers? How can gardeners help reverse the alarming decline of insects?

Posted by on 07 Nov 2023

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    Avoiding the use of pesticides is definitely a start to maintaining insect biodiversity. Destruction of habitats does not help either, be it land clearing of draining of wetlands.

    Posted by John on 19 Dec 2023

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    No lack of flies and insects where I am so you can have some of those

    Posted by Turbotom on 26 Nov 2023

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    Obtaining a packet of seeds which have natives flowers mixed in with the flowers are good for insects like bees is the first step, seeing what kind of plants instincts like to be near in observation is another good idea because then you can plant more of a similar thing, creating small water courses help to provide a habitat for insects not very deep just like a thin stream and surround that with some bushes or grasses and that will also help to create an environment to attract insects.

    Posted by Monicag8 on 26 Nov 2023

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    Native flowering trees, shrubs and annuals are all so important in maintaining diversification in our insects that help in fertilization of species. Annuals are also important for the continuation of species at different times of the year. Unfortunately like all invasive species that have been introduced some insects do not contribute to our diversification and native species of plants, but, to try and eliminate these without harming our native species is nearly impossible, so, we need to engage brain and be careful with what and how we try to eliminate these.

    Posted by Carol on 26 Nov 2023

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    These days we are lucky to have the internet to look up information on which plants attract pollinators, which plants to group together. If you plan your garden carefully you can have plants flowering all year round. Dont use chemicals in the garden. Create diversity. I only found out recently that even wasps are pollinators. Once you have flowering plants, it attracts spiders and bugs, which attracts birds too and a nice relaxing environment.

    Posted by T33 on 11 Nov 2023

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    Flowers and natives are a win-win. We definitely need to create more biodiversity in areas where this has been destroyed because of development.

    Posted by Celia on 11 Nov 2023

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    Planting native plants is a good way to start and not using pesticides to manage insects. I know of some people that have started beekeeping as a hobby to pollinate their plants and produce honey at the same time.

    Posted by Kaede on 11 Nov 2023

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    Best Man

    It's interesting to know that gardener can contribute into the reserve of rare insects types

    Posted by Best Man on 11 Nov 2023

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    I think it's easy to think all insects are bad when some actually do good in the garden and for the environment. We need to learn more about them and how to control the ones that spoil our produce without killing the ones that help us.

    Posted by sandra on 11 Nov 2023

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    Avoid using pesticides and seed killers.

    Posted by XIAOYANG on 11 Nov 2023

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    planting natives, not using insecticides, atttacting bees and putting water out for insects when its hot, having a pond.

    Posted by Kira on 11 Nov 2023

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    wrestling collector

    If we can reach a balance by having an insecticide that repells insects similar to Aeroguard rather than kill them

    Posted by wrestling collector on 11 Nov 2023

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    Plant native trees and bushes.

    Posted by SagoLeo on 11 Nov 2023

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    By promoting natural bush bee hives

    Posted by Michelle on 11 Nov 2023

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    Love the roof gardens and things like that in some city's. More of them be great

    Posted by Juli on 11 Nov 2023

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    Not to mention the toxins humans and pets-- breath in. Roundup is particularly dangerous. Just don't use it.

    Posted by MS on 08 Nov 2023

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    Avoid using systemic insecticides. Grow plants that encourage bees. And use chemicals rarely!

    Posted by mact on 07 Nov 2023

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    Every little bit can help. What about leaving areas of lawn less frequently mown. I’ve excluded three small areas from mowing on the nature strip in front of my house for the last 3 years and there’s quite a few insects getting refuge there including the common blue butterfly. I mow these areas about three times a year and sadly stuffed up this year. Apparently avoiding mowing from autumn until the second warm day over 20 degrees in spring allows nymphs that bred over winter to pupate and survive. I’ve just learned this.

    Posted by Luke on 07 Nov 2023

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    We need to respect out native flora and fauna. It's been around a very long time. Too many introduced plants and insects can upset the ecological balance. We wonder why we have issues in our country. Maybe our politicians need to listen to our ecologists more and bring in tougher laws against foreign imports. Also, the average gardener in Australia needs to be mindful of what they are growing. Grow as much native plants as possible. It will help our native animals and plants, and insects. Being patriotic to the native ecology sure does help.

    Posted by MS on 07 Nov 2023

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