b'RESOURCE RESERVOIRAssisting Normandy Park residents in discovering tools, programs, and resources that are available to themORGANIC GARDENING AND YARD CARE TIPSDid you know that in 2015 the City Council passed resolution No. 886 which urges retailers operating within the City of Normandy Park to ensure that no plants or seeds containing neonicotinoids are offered for sale? This resolution helps protect bees, butterflies and other pollinators under great environmental stress. The pollinators are critical to Washington crops, such as tree fruit and over one-third of all agricultural production worldwide is dependent upon these pollinators. The six types of neonicotinoids used on plants and flowers are: Imidacloprid, Clothianidin, Thiamethoxam, Dinotefuran, Acetamiprid, and Thiacloprid. If youre not sure if your big box retailer is selling plants with neonicotinoids used in the seed or soil of your flat of flowers or flowering plants, look for a sticker on the plant pot, or ask the retailer. Additional ways to help bees and pollinator avoid the insecticides are to:Remove the flowers in their first year in your garden, or plant trees after they have finished floweringAvoid spraying plants in your garden with insecticides, and never spray the flowersUse specially formulated horticulture oils or soaps insteadBe sure to check the dosage and use any applications with the correct dilution Photos: Candace Krull30 NORMANDY PARK CITY SCENE|SUMMER 2022'