Grasses and sedges are often overlooked when it comes to pollinators. But many of Hoffman Nursery's native species provide food and nesting material for butterflies and native bees. Their bunching habit and extensive root systems boost their ecological value by slowing stormwater, reducing erosion, and sequestering carbon. Native grasses and sedges also support other forms of wildlife like birds and small mammals.
Back in 2017, the nursery installed a planting at the nursery on a steep slope adjacent to their greenhouse driveway. It's called 'Eco Bank,' and Hoffman Nursery designed it to capture sheet flow from the drive and reduce erosion. Besides that, they wanted to support pollinators and wildlife. It is planted with grasses, sedges, and rushes, along with perennials generously donated by Walters Gardens.
To learn more about the pollinator-focused plant, check out this PDF: A Different Kind of Pollinator Plant.
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