5 Ways to Save The Bees

We can all do our part to help the Honeybees, starting in our very own yards and gardens

Honeybee hives have been dying out in increasingly alarming numbers for over a decade now. Together we can make a difference, It all starts with you!! If everybody would chip in and do there part we can do this!  

Stop Using Pesticides and Fertilizers

Many common lawn and garden chemicals are lethal to bees, while others may weaken their immune systems, allowing parasites, disease or other stresses to finish them off. Instead, switch to a strategy of integrated pest management or opt for natural, organic fertilizers and biological controls.

 

Grow Bee-Friendly Plants

Just as many plants need bees for pollination, bees need plants for nectar and pollen. Not anything green will do, however. In fact, bees tend to be attracted to blue, purple and yellow flowers. Consult with your local nursery or university extension to select appropriate varieties for your area. Research shows gardens with 10 or more bee-friendly plants support the most visitors.

 

Let a few Weeds Grow

Many common weeds, such as dandelions and clover, are popular with bees. Go ahead and let some flower, then to keep things tidy, pull them up after they’ve gone to seed.

 

Stop Mulch Madness

Many native bees tunnel and live in the soil, but can be blocked by heavy layers of wood chips or plastic liners. Learn to edge your lawn tastefully without completely shutting out bees.

 

Help Your Community Protect Bee Habitat

Some of the biggest threats to bees are urban sprawl and intensive land management. But you can reduce this trend by volunteering to plant wildflowers and other native vegetation along roadways and other common areas, and advocating for smart growth and sensible limits to development where you live.