How to Attract Dragonflies to a Garden

9th Oct 2012

Dragonflies are not only beautiful to have around your garden, but they also keep away mosquitoes and other pest insects. Attracting adult dragonflies will keep the bad bugs away from your plants. In order to attract dragonflies, you need water. You can set up a pond or an artificial pond in order to attract dragonflies. Since adult dragonflies like to lay eggs on plants, you can add plants or leaves on the water such as lilies. If you are going to add water, make sure the water is natural, but not overly clean. Water should be as natural as lake or pond water. In order to recreate their environment, try growing tall grass, rocks and plenty of lush flowers to make it more habitable.

A pond should be at least twenty feet deep and shallow around the edges, at least 2-3 feet. The deep waters will come to protect the dragon flies. You can also protect the dragonflies by using plants that grow well around the edges of ponds. There are numerous underwater plants that are lucrative for dragonfly larvae to thrive well, and they will be protected from predators. Pond plants such as hornwort, starwort and pondweed are all lucrative places where dragonflies can live and grow. Other plants that will merge from the water surface are bur-reed, flowering rush and bog bean. If you are using a pond be sure to keep the grass fairly high. In keeping the grass high, be sure to also watch out for snakes.

You can also place rocks around your garden so dragonflies have something to sit on. Rocks will also add some structure to your garden and they can make a nice addition to path ways. You can also attract dragonflies with plenty of flowers as well. It is not essential for dragonflies to have flowers, but any type of flower will come to attract insects. Flowers will also attract bees that will come to pollinate the atmosphere.

In trying to build a lucrative atmosphere for dragonflies, you’ll also attract a wide variety of wildlife including frogs and other insects that will benefit your land and garden. Insects such as dragonflies, lacewings and ladybugs will come to eat the bad insects like mites, mosquitoes and aphids. It is a natural way of getting rid of pests while fostering a lush and natural landscape. In order to attract dragonflies, be sure not to use insecticides.