LSU Garden News: Help beneficial insects feel at home in your landscape – The Advocate

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LSU Garden News: Help beneficial insects feel at home in your landscape – The Advocate

With the invention and use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, farmers were able to increase food and crop production to support the world’s increasing population. But the overuse of chemicals has had a negative effect on our pollinators and ecosystems.

Pollinators are responsible for one in every three bites of food we take. They increase our crop quality and values each year by more than $15 billion, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Pollinators, specifically honeybees, have been in serious decline for more than three decades in the United States.

A large variety of pollinating insects make their homes in urban and suburban landscapes. Gardens and landscapes can be designed and managed without pesticides and herbicides so they can support ecosystems rather than harm them.

Landscapes with a wide array of pollinators help contribute to biodiversity and enhance local ecosystems in so many ways. So as you go about your spring gardening this
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