Many “bee friendly” home garden plants sold at Home Depot, Lowe’s and other leading garden centers have been pre-treated with pesticides shown to harm and kill bees, according to a new, first-of-its-kind pilot study released today by Friends of the Earth and allies. Learn more and take action in your own backyard to protect bees! ~BeeAction.org
Neurotoxic pesticides known as neonicotinoids have been banned around the world because of the harm that they post to native bees, as well as the non-native honey bees used so widely in agriculture. Yet these chemicals remain for sale in the US and are widely used in agricultural crops.
Now these chemicals are being discovered in many leading garden centers in plants that have been pre-treated with this toxic poison.
And make sure you check out The Ultimate Guide to Attracting Native Bees, a huge resource of over 65 links to help you attract more native bees to your wildlife garden.
Since these plants are being discovered at the large garden centers like Lowes, Home Depot, Walmart, and others you can avoid inadvertently planting things that are going to poison the very wildlife you are trying to attract by:
- supporting your local native plant nursery and buying your wildlife garden plants there
- joining your local native plant society
Have you been discovering a lot of dead bees in your wildlife garden? Pre-poisoned plants may be the culprit.
Find your local native plant nursery and your closest native plant society to help you purchase the best native plants for your area.
Carole Sevilla Brown lives in Philadelphia, PA, and she travels the country speaking about Ecosystem Gardening for Wildlife. Check out her new free online course Ecosystem Gardening Essentials, 15 free lessons delivered to your inbox every week.
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