Do you blame the pollen count for your coughing, sneezing and stuffy nose? Do you track the pollen count and stay indoors on heavy pollen days? I hate to tell you, but the quality of air inside of buildings, where people spend about 90 percent of their time, is even more important to your health. Ironically, according to the EPA, indoor air can be two to five times more polluted—and in some cases up to 100 times more polluted—than outdoor air. This is a significant issue in schools, where exposure to allergens, such as dust mites, pests and molds can trigger asthma symptoms.
These tips will help you design a landscape that feeds the many creatures that rely on flower pollen.
Pollinators are a crucial component of an ecosystem and are instrumental in the reproduction of over 85 percent of the world’s flowering plants and two-thirds of the world’s crop species. A diverse group fulfills this important work, including bats, bees, birds, flies, moths, wasps, butterflies and beetles, many of which are in rapid decline. A decade ago, beekeepers in the United States and abroad started noticing concerning drops in honeybee populations.