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How to attract bees to your garden

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Attract Bees to Your Garden

The best way to get more bees into your garden is to provide them with a good bee-friendly environment. Bees have some vital roles that we all need and it would mean so much to their population if you could give them the help they need. Bees are dying because of pesticides being used by people.

So what can you do about it? You could plant some bee friendly plants, and here are a few. Marigolds are easy to grow. They don’t need much care to actually look after them as they will flower for most of the year with little attention from the gardener. Irises are another good option because they also flower.

marigolds attract bees to your garden
Marigolds Attract Bees to Your Garden

By introducing these flowers into your garden you can attract and feed bees. It is also important to build a bee bath. A bee bath is where you leave a shallow dish of water for bees to drink. It isn’t very much trouble and by attracting these little insects you can make sure that not only have they got somewhere nice to live but also that they will be able to access food easily.

Something else to take account of is that bees are extremely fragile so you certainly don’t want them exposed to any toxins. Therefore avoid using any pesticides because they are unsafe for bee populations to consume. Not only that but bees also rely on blossoms as a source of food so you shouldn’t use chemical fertilizers either. Some plants, such as tulips and daffodils cause harm to bees if they get covered in too much pollen so planting these would be counterproductive.

Bee Bath Water Fountain
A shallow dish of water allows bees to drink water in your garden

Many people remove bees from their homes because they are afraid that they may harm their children. However bees rarely sting humans unless they feel threatened, but it is still best to give them their own space. You can do this by erecting a barrier that prevents the bees from coming in contact with your home while giving them access to the many plants that you have planted outside.

Einstein said without bees the human population would die out in four years. So it is very important that these pollinators are able to live and thrive in our gardens.

How you can attract bees to your garden?

Here are a couple of things you can do to bring bees to your garden and neighbourhood.

If you have a habit of mowing the lawn often, try switching to a less frequent grass cutting schedule. This will provide your local bee population an opportunity to collect pollen and nectar from your flowers. It also gives them time to care for their brood in the safety of their hives or nests which is very important for maintaining healthy hive.

If you are allergic to bees, it is still very important that you do not kill them. You can try doing your yard work during the early morning hours when bees are less active or in the late afternoon, just before the sun has set. Avoid spraying chemicals in your garden near bee nests.

So how can we as the people help bees?

The most important thing we can do is to stop using pesticides when we are working in our gardens. When you see a bee on your flower, just let it be!

avoid using harmful pesticides
Avoid using harmful pesticides

In the beginning of summer, bees need to feed heavily in order to go through their winter hibernation without starving. They are not looking for food that far into the fall.

Bees are extremely important for pollinating avocado trees, apple trees, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cranberries, cucumbers, onions and much more. You can plant as many trees as you want but without bees they wont have any fruits or nuts. Next year make sure you have planted plenty of wild flowers on the edges of your garden, under trees and in the grassy areas.

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