Creating backyard oasis for bees, birds, butterflies keeps pollination cycle going Which is why it’s not so surprising that her backyard in west Houston near the Energy Corridor is a certified backyard wildlife habitat. The state certification is awarded to backyards that meet certain requirements – such as at least half of the plants being native to Texas as well as having consistent food, shelter and water sources for wildlife. Backlas is one of many local gardeners who appreciate – and try to attract – pollinators, such as bees, even though some species are stingers that sometimes can cause allergic reactions. The decline of bees due to use of pesticides and other factors has caused alarm in the commercial farming industry because, quite simply, they need bees to do their work, too. Kiki Neumann, a folk artist who lives on two acres near the Garden Oaks area, started keeping bees in hives last year to help her and her neighbors’ gardening efforts. Virtually all area nurseries have a wide variety of plants to choose from – large, small, annual, perennial, edible and ornamental. Several species hang out in our area for months throughout the year and are drawn to plants that provide high-energy nectar.
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