Protecting and enhancing pollinators in urban landscapes for U.S. North Central Region is authored by Dave Smitley, Michigan State University Dept. of Entomology; Diane Brown and Erwin Elsner, Michigan State University Extension; Joy N. Landis, Michigan State University IPM; Paula M. Shrewsbury, University of Maryland Department of Entomology; and Daniel A. Herms, The Ohio State University Department of Entomology.
The publication includes lists of plants and flowers attractive to pollinators, but generally doesn’t distinguish between native and introduced species.
The authors ,make a case for non-chemical means to control pests through selecting the right plants for the right conditions from the beginning. When insecticides are necessary, the authors present detailed information on low-toxicity solutions, like horticultural oils, soaps and biopesticides. They provide strategies for limiting damage from invasive pests like Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), Japanese beetles, viburnum leaf beetles, gypsy moth and others.
Discussion of the phenological sequence of plant flowering referenced with emergence of plant pests can be an important resource for landscape maintenance firms in the North Central U.S.
NewTerrain April 16, 2016.