We all want to do our part to help the environment and by being careful with our plant selection, we can make a big impact in our own backyard. From planting native pollinators that attract birds, butterflies and bees, to having rainwater barrels for watering our yards to using very few chemicals on your plants, you can make a difference in your garden.
You can also make a difference with where you purchase your plants. Certain garden centers and growers may use neonicotinoids while growing their flowers. These insecticides are used to control pests during the growing process.
Being insecticides, neonicotinoids can be very harmful to bees, one of the key pollinators in your garden. The bees land on the flowers to pollinate, as they usually do, and when they return to the hive, they bring these chemicals with them. The entire colony is then infected and is the number one cause of colony collapse.
While studies are still being done by the EPA on all of the effects these pesticides have on bees, the use of neonicotinoids has already been banned in Europe. There is a lot of uncertainty as to what these chemicals do to pollinators, so why take the risk?
Vern Goers Greenhouse is proud to say that we do not use neonicotinoids on our plants. Any plants you purchase from us, you can be sure that they will not harm any of the pollinators in your garden. The bee population has already been affected by human interference, so anything you can do to help preserve this vital part of our environment.