Honey bees have lived with humans for thousands of years, generously sharing their rich, nourishing bounty with us. Beekeepers and researchers support bees because of their vital role in conventional agriculture and production. Both the European honey bee and native bee populations are declining. Little is known about the world of native pollinator bees, wasps, flies, beetles, butterflies, hummingbirds and bats. There are many unanswered questions regarding native pollinator populations and their vital role in sustaining healthy, functioning natural ecosystems. Planting native seeds is one small, but important step in safeguarding the web of life. Many sensible people are now enjoying the adventure, discovery and benefits that come with taking an active role in ecological landscape restoration. Our staff invite you to explore the full pallet of native wildflowers, grasses, unique conservancy species and mixes. Native American Seed is committed to preventing the spread of invasive species.

Planting for Pollinators

Start a backyard revolution in your lawn & garden! Sometimes we tend to forget about the smaller things in life that really do make the world go 'round. Just as wildlife has suffered from increased fragmentation of land through urbanization, so have bees, beetles & butterflies. Why the decline in pollinators? Could it be the increased use of pesticides.. or light pollution to the night sky? Whatever the reasons, many organizations are offering helpful information and incentives for people to plant pollinator habitats. The NEW Bee Happy Mix includes 33 wildflowers that produce pollen, nectar, habitat, shelter and safety from predators throughout the year. Planting diverse native wildflowers will benefit native bees and honey bees.

Host Plants & Nectar Corridor Needed

Efforts to protect the Monarch Butterfly and bolster it's migration are under way. Dramatic 2014 overwintering population plunge in Mexico.

We are approaching Last Call for the Monarchs to help strengthen the web of life.

Host a party for butterflies at your place with Butterfly Retreat. Looking for more milkweeds? Larger quantities of Common Milkweed available. Read more on Attracting Native Pollinators and The Amazing Monarch.

Learn tips on how to make your yard butterfly and caterpillar friendly from Butterfly Gardening for Texas book.

Quality Tools Made in USA

Start with heavy duty tools made in the USA - 100% organic control of alien species such as KR Bluestem (from Asia), Bastard Cabbage or Musk Thistle (from Europe, Asia). Aliens compete fiercely for available sunlight and water. Native American Seed encourages the removal and control on all non-native species for the benefit of our vanishing eco-systems. A good resource to learn more about alien species is Texas Invasives Database.

Longtime favorite tools:
Tomahawk - general all purpose hoe
Arrow - tool for early detection
Trail Builder - hoe and pick in one
Fire Rake - robust hoe and rake

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Fall Planting Favorites

If we choose to re-connect to our outdoor living spaces with the diversity of native plants and wildflowers, many benefits will return to the land. Benefits to many species, but to the humans too.

There are many excellent native seeds available for fall planting, here's a few favorites:

American Basketflower - #1 bee favorite plant
Texas Bluebonnet - blue flowers especially attract pollinators
Bush Sunflower - perennial & drought tolerant, quick establishment
Erosion Control Blankets - hold moisture & valuable topsoil, speed up germination
Cereal Rye Grain - temporary cover adds organic matter to the soil
Texas Bluegrass Roots - uncommon cool season native
Sustainable Quail & Dove Mix - good for turkeys too

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