If you're like many home gardeners, you may have added fruit trees to your garden in the past two years.
Maybe a peach or an apricot, or even a few citrus or dwarf avocado. Maybe you're more into grapes and berries. Perhaps you're more the vegetable type and started growing your own tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and others.
Did you know that all of these fruits and vegetables need to be pollinated to produce crops? You can reliably improve pollinations of all your fruits and vegetables by attracting the right insects. Non-native European honey bees are our most famous pollinator, but most gardeners can't do much to lure these into their gardens.
Ever wonder what pollinated our crops before honeybees were introduced from Europe?
Native mason bees, also known as orchard mason bees, have been pollinating plants for millennia and are still at work, even though most people aren't very aware of them. Even if you saw one, you might think it was just a funny looking honeybee.