By Cynthia Bee, Conservation Garden Park
Acre for acre, lawn is the most widely grown “crop” in the United States—providing recreation and beauty for people—but little life-sustaining value. Pollinators, either directly or indirectly, are responsible for one-third of the value of crops produced in the world, but lawn provides nothing for pollinators. In fact, the saying is that lawn is a desert for pollinators. If you’re one of the many interested in pollinator health, it makes sense to give up a little lawn in order to receive the benefits provided by a healthy population of pollinators. Consider removing lawn from locations in your landscape where it isn’t thriving or isn’t really used for recreation and replace it with a bed of Utah-friendly plants that also provide forage for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other beneficial organisms. You don’t need to dedicate a large area to this purpose. The planting bed shown here is designed just 15 feet long by 6-8 feet wide, but it will create all-season beauty for you while providing a needed food supply and shelter for pollinators. Win/win!
The Conservation Garden Park is your local resource for planting ideas and advice that benefit you—and Utah. Today, Saturday, August 20 from 4-7 pm we’ll be celebrating the magic of pollinators and Utah-friendly landscapes at the annual “Party in the Park.” The event includes fun activities for kids and adults providing the best in “Edu-tainment.” Expect animal shows, live music, and food trucks. This free family event culminates in the release of hundreds of Monarch butterflies, once at 5:15 pm and again at 6:30 pm. We hope you’ll join us! Plan to arrive a bit early to navigate parking and crowds and leave with great memories and ideas for your own Utah landscape.
The Conservation Garden Park is located at 8275 South 1300 West in West Jordan. More information at conservationgardenpark.org/events or call 801-256-4400.