Gar­den­ers hold in­sect work­shop

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CEN­TRE­VILLE — The Queen Anne’s County Master Gar­den­ers held an In­sect Ho­tel Work­shop on Mon­day, June 12, at the Cen­tre­ville Li­brary. At­tract­ing Na­tive Pol­li­na­tors and good bugs are the ma­jor fo­cus for many gar­den­ers.

Some of our small­est bees only fly a few hun­dred feet by pro­vid­ing nest­ing and for­ag­ing sites in the same habi­tat al­low them to con­serve en­ergy and al­low for more ef­fi­cient use of re­sources by in­sects of any size. Pro­vid­ing over­win­ter­ing sites for these pol­li­na­tors and good bugs sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease nest­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Here are some steps to in­sure pol­li­na­tor pop­u­la­tions ben­e­fit the most from your home land­scape:

• Pro­vide nest­ing and egg lay­ing sites for a va­ri­ety of pol­li­na­tor species

• Clean and replace ar­ti­fi­cial nests reg­u­larly

• Don’t move na­tive bees or pre­vi­ously used nest ma­te­ri­als out­side of their na­tive ranges

• Leave some bare, un­m­ulched ground.

• Hang nest­ing blocks in a pro­tected lo­ca­tion with light shade

• Make sure that nest­ing blocks or “in­sect ho­tels” are mounted firmly and do not shake or move in the wind

For more in­for­ma­tion on pol­li­na­tors and other en­vi­ron­men­tally sound prac­tices, visit ex­ten­ or on Face­book at https://www. face­­nesCoun­tyMasterGar­den­ers

Univer­sity of Mary­land Ex­ten­sion pro­grams are open to all peo­ple and will not dis­crim­i­nate against any­one be­cause of race, age, sex, color, sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion, phys­i­cal or men­tal dis­abil­ity, re­li­gion, an­ces­try, or na­tional ori­gin, mar­i­tal sta­tus, ge­netic in­for­ma­tion, or po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion, or gen­der iden­tity and ex­pres­sion.

Class par­tic­i­pants with their fin­ished in­sect ho­tel.

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