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Over the last 30 years, there’s been a huge drop in our pollinator population because of loss of habitat, pests, pollution and a changing climate.

You can help restore these essential habitats for bees, butterflies and the creatures that pollinate the food we eat — right in your own backyard. Bee Pic

Chef Anna Rossi partnered with Walmart to share some easy ways to create pollinator ‘buzz’ in your garden.

“As a chef and mom, I spend a lot of time shopping and cooking for the 3 hungry people in my house,” Anna said. “Believe it or not, it’s estimated that 1 in 3 bites of food we take is possible because of animal pollinators. So that’s why it’s more important than ever to help support our friends like the bees, hummingbirds, and beetles! We can do our part at home by building a pollinator garden– and it’s easier than you think!”

You don’t even need a green thumb. All you need to do is look for these pollinator tags in the Walmart Garden Center. These are the kinds of plants that birds, butterflies and bees thrive on.

There are so many beautiful plants to choose from! Salvia, snap dragons and dahlia– perennials like Echinacea and lavender. No matter how large or small your green space is, there’s a way to create a pollinator destination.

Herb Tip: Fresh herbs are a great choice too. Enjoy them in your cooking and let them flower!  When rosemary, basil and oregano bloom, they’re wonderful nectar sources.

Water Tip: Pollinators need water. So add some rocks to a birdbath which are like landing pads for thirsty bees.

Butterflies like to drink up muddy water because it’s rich in minerals. Simply fill a birdbath with a mix of compost and sand and keep it very wet. Hummingbirds also need a drink, and a traditional bird bath filled with water will do the trick.

And remember, when you garden using these pollinator-friendly plants, you’re helping build a greener, more sustainable future with fresh food, flowers and everything else that relies on these special members of the animal kingdom!

Walmart is planning to source 100% of their fresh produce and floral from suppliers that adopt ‘integrated pest management’ practices by 2025.

They are also encouraging produce suppliers to phase out the use of certain pesticides and will support their efforts to protect, restore or establish pollinator habitats.

For more information, go to walmart.com.

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