Pollinator Habitat Installation Guides


Growing the right flowers, shrubs, and trees with overlapping bloom times is the single most effective course of action to support pollinators from spring through fall.

Establishing Pollinator Meadows from Seed

These guidelines provide instructions for establishing small pollinator meadows. Read more.

Organic Site Preparation for Wildflower Establishment

These guidelines provide instructions for preparing a site using organic methods. Read more.

Collecting and Using Your Own Wildflower Seed

In this document we outline the basic steps of collecting native plant seed using readily available, non-specialized equipment, as well as tips for cleaning, storing, and sharing seed to expand pollinator habitat on farms and in our communities. Read more.

Regional Guides

These region- and state-specific guidelines provide in-depth practical guidance on how to install and maintain nectar- and pollen-rich habitat for pollinators in the form of wildflower meadow plantings/ conservation cover (NRCS Conservation Practice 327) or linear rows of native flowering shrubs/ hedgerow plantings (NRCS Conservation Practice 422). Seed mixes and plant recommendations for each region are included in the appendix of each guide. NRCS field staff and conservationists, please contact your state biologists or plant materials specialists regarding the status of these guidelines in your state.

California 327A Conservation Cover

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California 422A Hedgerow Planting

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Delaware Conservation Cover (327)

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Florida Conservation Cover (327)

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Florida Hedgerow (422)

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Maryland Conservation Cover (327)

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New England Conservation Cover (327)

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New Jersey Conservation Cover (327)

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New Jersey Hedgerow Planting(422)

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Oklahoma Hedgerow Planting (422)

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Pacific Islands Area Habitat Planting

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Pennsylvania Conservation Cover (327)

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Pennsylvania Hedgerow Planting (422)

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Rhode Island Hedgerow Planting (422)

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Habitat Installation Guide: Upper Midwest

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Western Oregon & Washington Conservation Cover (327)

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Western Oregon & Washington Hedgerow Planting (422)

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Wisconsin CRP-SAFE for Karner Blue Butterflies

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Establishing Pollinator and Beneficial Insect Habitat on Organic Farms in Idaho
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Pollinator Conservation Resource Center

The Resource Center is where you can find regional information about plant lists, habitat conservation guides, and more. Learn more.

Pollinator Conservation Seed Mixes

Our partners in the native seed industry are offering specially designed, Xerces-approved wildflower seed mixes. Learn more.

Plant Milkweed Seed!

Milkweeds support monarch butterflies, native bees, honey bees, and other beneficial insects. Search for sources of milkweed seed now!

long horned bee (Melissodes sp.) by Mace Vaughan.