It may be time to improve your lawn, sure the green grass looks nice, but what would even be better would be a bee garden. It will not only improve the aesthetics of your lawn. But, It will also be providing sanctuary to the bees who are losing their habitat due to multiple factors, including climate change and increasing use of pesticides.
By starting a bee garden, you are inviting bees to gather their food as well as pollinate your flowers and help create a bountiful harvest.
While beekeepers have advanced techniques in helping their bees thrive, you do not need to be an expert. These are simple things anyone can do in their home to aid the bee population:
A Garden for All Seasons
Bees are the talk of the town during spring. After all, it is when they are most active and this is the time when most flowers bloom. While that may be true, bees still need food sources, especially during winter. Making your garden diverse and planting flowers that bloom at different seasons can help the bees. Hardy mums grow even during autumn and winter and can be a food source for the bees during these cold times. Marigolds and daisies are pretty helpful to bees as well due to being high pollen and nectar producers. Have a chat with your local gardening shop to know what flowers work best for what season.
It would be best if you could avoid the use of pesticides entirely. As it affects the beneficial insects such as bees and other insects that prey on parasites like aphids. The goal of your garden is to provide pollen and nectar to bees and it is counterproductive if you are driving them away with pesticides. It is essential to be mindful of your gardening practices as we need to improve the declining bee population.
Limited Space is Not a Problem
If you live in an urban area but wish to help the bees, then worry not, there are things you can do to help the bees. Simply purchase a flower pot, seeds, some potting soil and fertilizer, then you are good to go.
Bees Are Not Pests
Some people couldn’t even stand the sight of a single bee and rush to quickly eliminate them. It is important to note that bees play a critical role in our food production and also the economy. A friendly tip is a beekeeper or pest services that would gladly extract a hive from your place. So you can enjoy your garden while keeping it safe.
Aside from planting flowers that help bees, you can also help by educating yourself. You can also help by donating to the cause to save bees and creating bee-friendly structures in your garden, such as a bee bath.