August is just around the corner, and many caterpillars will be changing into beautiful butterflies. This universally loved insect is a joy to see on occasion passing through your yard. Some gardens exist purely to attract the butterflies, such as the Butterfly World in Florida, as well as many local gardens as well.
Even if your garden is mainly employed to produce fruits and veggies, steps can be taken to ensure your plants will be visited by butterflies if you wish. These delicate insects are attracted to native plants, and the brightest flowers they can find. Add some color to your garden and get the butterflies to stop and smell the flowers.
Butterflies can also be attracted to a few herbs, such as dill, fennel, and parsley. Planting these could keep away other pests attracted to the bright colors.
Having butterflies flitting through your garden can be very beneficial, as they help with pollination. They can also help sustain natural habitats in your area because the butterflies are naturally attracted to native plants.
However, butterflies can be considered a pest for many plants. For example, if you are trying to grow greens such as kale or broccoli, butterfly -attracting plants will also attract an unwanted similar species called cabbage butterflies, that will lay eggs on and eat the crop. If you still want to enjoy the presence of butterflies in your garden and the benefits they bring, simple precautions can be taken to protect your greens, such as covering the plant with a lightweight cloth for protections.