This tale was originally published by Loret T. Setters on May 29, 2015 at (beautifulwildlifegarden[dot]com/). Click the date to view reader comments.
This time of year it is always a playground of critters at my place. Especially noticeable in recent weeks is the return of the numerous species of dragonflies that grace my place.
Having a pond is key to encouraging reproducing Odonata. Don’t have room for a pond? As long as there is a similar water source in the neighborhood, you can build a habitat to encourage the adults to come hang around at your place.
Leaving some taller, dried debris is a great way to keep them around. Dragonflies like to land on dried materials, be it spent bluestem grasses or dried remains of Bidens alba or a failing branch of a Redbud tree. Don’t be too quick to snip off dead branches. There is life in those branches if you just are patient enough to see who lands.
An added benefit of enticing adult dragonflies to your garden is that since dragonflies are predatory on other insects you’ll get free pest control services. Just be sure to avoid pesticide use as pesticides kill beneficial as well as insects you may want to discourage. Let your natural pest control agents (the dragonflies) handle the job in an environmentally friendly, chemical-free manner.
This week’s visitors were hanging out in the front half of the property, away from the pond. Must have been looking to eat:
Already over-tidied the garden? Find some wooden stakes and pound them into the ground as landing and lookout stations for your dragonfly friends.