Flora and fauna both benefit from the presence of bees. Bees promote cross-pollination and are a critical link in most ecosystems. Due to the decline in bee populations, it’s more difficult to attract them. Here are some tips to keep your local bee population thriving, benefitting your garden and landscape.
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Bees need breaks from the hot sun and places to hide from predators. Planting ground cover plants, like coleus, can create a beautiful border for your path or walkway while also offering bees plenty of places to hang out.
Lethargic fat bumblebees drifting around your yard may be dehydrated. Keeping a small water dish or running fountain in your backyard will help bees stay hydrated and pollinating. Place small pebbles in the water for bees to sit on while they drink.
Plant Native Species
Consider using plants native to your area when planning your landscape. Obviously, bees are most familiar with the plants they’re used to, and if your backyard feels like home, they’re more likely to visit more often. You can also consider planting flowering vegetables like tomatoes and zucchini.
Try a Beehouse
Beehouses can be purchased from most home repair stores for under twenty dollars. They offer additional places to rest and rehydrate and provide a space for solitary bees like mason bees to nest and lay eggs.
It seems obvious, but the more pesticide you use, the more damaging it is to your local bee population. As much as possible, avoid using pesticides on your landscape to encourage a robust and healthy bee population.
Watching fat little bumblebees joyfully buzz around your yard on a warm summer day is a small joy that can be experienced over and over again. Planting a vegetable garden and encouraging bees to visit can bring you even more happiness. They get the pollen they need, and you get to enjoy fresh vegetables. It’s a win-win.