Have you ever thought about how the plants incorporated into your HOA maintenance plans impact pollinators? Nowadays, an increasing number of multi-family residential and commercial property developers are giving it some consideration in the name of going green. When done right, pollinator gardens can improve the landscape as well as contribute something meaningful to the environment, like food and shelter for beneficial insects. So, what’s the right way to build a pollinator garden in North Carolina?
It all starts with selecting native plants that would be beneficial in some shape or form to our region’s native insects. Understandably, not all North Carolina insects make great neighbors. Examples include aggressive, stinging insects that might bother homeowners or attack pets. Consequently, it’s crucial to keep those considerations in mind as well. That said, some of the pollinator-friendly plants commonly planted on HOA property are lamb’s ear, coneflowers, black-eyed Susan, lavender and asters. They’ll add color, foraging material and temporary shelter to our region’s most benign, beneficial pollinators.
Homeowners Associations that offer residents access to common areas where they may enjoy a bit of picnicking might want to go a step further by planting an additional pollinator garden. Why? There are several plants that are used for food by humans and pollinators alike. Examples include herbs such as oregano, sage and rosemary. They could be planted near cooking areas with the option of allowing HOA members to pick small amounts of herbs as needed. Good places to consider are flower boxes placed along the perimeter of picnic shelters or in raised beds positioned just a spatula’s toss away from shared, built-in grills.
To learn more about adding pollinator gardens to your HOA maintenance plan, please contact us at Long Brothers Landscaping today. We can work with you to create a variety of eco-friendly beds for your Homeowner’s Association and so much more.