Fall-blooming asters and goldenrods provide important habitat for pollinators. Many of these beautiful flowers thrive in sunny fields, roadsides, and woodland openings while a few prefer partial shade.
At home, simple changes to your lawn, garden, and landscaping can help increase and improve fall pollinator habitat.
In the garden, try planting native seed mixes or leaving a few goldenrod stems instead of weeding them out. In the yard, choose to be pesticide-free and consider leaving no-mow edges or patches in your lawn to grow over time.
Encouraging a diversity of native asters, goldenrods, and other fall-blooming plants provides a pop of color into October. It also provides pollen and nectar for bees, butterflies, and other invertebrates. After the blooms go to seed, leave plants standing to provide overwintering habitat.
Learn more about how to protect pollinators in New York.
Photo of late September wildflowers at Cicero Swamp Wildlife Management Area by Katherine Yard. Common goldenrod and a pollinating Cerceris wasp from Wikipedia.