Wildflowers Are the #1 Thing You Need to Add to Your Garden This Spring

They're the secret to a thriving garden!

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Spring is just around the corner, which means now is the perfect time to . And if there's one thing you should be thinking about adding into the mix this year, it's wildflowers.

Wildflowers aren't just pretty — they're good for your garden, too. Flowers like oxeye daisies, red clovers, poppies, and wild carrots can serve as by attracting useful insects to your garden, according to . These "good" bugs then protect your beautiful blooms and veggies by preying on .

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Wildflowers are a "secret" that farmers have relied on for years, planting the pesticide alternative on the perimeters of their farms to protect crops. But more recently, many farmers have begun experimenting with a new method: planting strips of wildflowers right alongside their crops and vegetation.

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Fifteen farms in England have been testing the strategy over the past five years , and they found that the wildflowers attracted all the right kinds of bugs to the right areas, according to . While more research is needed to understand how beneficial the practice is for large-scale farms, a previous study published by found the method to be effective at reducing pesticide use and plant damage caused by insects.

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What's more, wildflowers are also a natural way to enhance your soil's health and increase your garden's yield, according to the . They're also low-maintenance and tend to need less water. So whether you're growing veggies, crops, bulbs, or flowers in your backyard this year, consider skipping and opting for this organic pesticide instead.

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You can discover wildflowers native to your area through the .

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