Butterfly Tip: Weed Not Want Not

Butterfly on Clover Butterfly Tip: Weed Not Want Not

Butterflies are uber popular right now it the gardening world,  and from decorations to special garden plots especially designed to attract them, there are a myriad of ways to get your butterfly fix in the garden!  You can try things like adding butterfly friendly water features to your yard, or planting shade trees that act as a host for their eggs, but one of the most butterfly friendly things you can do in your garden plot is a cheap “fix” you’re going to love.  NO WEEDING!

That’s right!  Now I won’t go so far as to suggest that you skip weeding altogether, I wouldn’t do that myself, but I will suggest that you step back and let a little nature interfere with your most butterfly friendly garden spots. Researchers suggest that butterflies will thank you for it, and spend more time in your yard!

Weeds Butterflies love:

  • Clover
  • Switchgrass
  • Goldenrod
  • Indian Grass
  • Crabgrass
  • Bluestem
  • Wild Violets
  • Thistles
  • Fleabane

Butterflies prefer areas where the food sources are close together so they can get a large amount of eating done while expending as little energy as possible. They tend to heavily visit gardens and fields where blossoms are bumper to bumper, and plentiful, so if you provide more flowers per square inch you’ll see more butterflies. Let a little of their favorite weeds creep up in between your garden favorites, you’ll find a compromise that makes you and the butterfly happy!

Happy Gardening!

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  1. michele says:

    Interesting thoughts about not weeding.

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