Whether you’re keeping bees or have decided to wait there’s no reason you can’t make your yard and home bee friendly. Growing plants to attract bees not only helps insure your garden is pollinated but it also helps give the bees around you a place to forage for nectar and pollen. Here’s ten easy things you can do to help bees in your neighborhood.
- Lawns: Get rid of some of that lawn! Not only will you have less to mow but you’ll also have room for more bee attracting plants!
- Bloom Times: Plan for plants that bloom at different times. Calendula and lilac and the like are great for early season blooms, different lavender varieties can mean blooms all growing season long and zinnias are a great late blooming choice.
- Keep That Field Wild: If you have a large field area consider wildflower seeds. Not only will the bees enjoy them but they also make wild areas beautiful with seasonal color.
- Chemicals: Get rid of those non organic pesticides and fertilizers. Both cause huge problems for bees and you’ll have a healthier yard for your human visitors too.
- Itsy Bitsy Spider: Don’t kill the spiders (or ladybugs or praying mantises)… they all help kill off unwanted pests and which helps you keep the use pesticides to a minimum.
- Turn That Bird Bath into a Bee Bath: Bees need water just like other living things. Place some small stones in your bird bath so bees have a place to rest while they take a drink or create another drinking space for bees.
- Let Those Dandelions Grow: OK, maybe not everywhere, but in the wild areas of your fields don’t be sad when you see these weeds… Bees love them for pollen and nectar.
- Same Same: Plant many of the same plants in each area, think “clusters”. This keeps the bees from having to go all over the place to get to what’s blooming now.
- Sisters: Plant a modified Three Sisters planting in your vegetable garden replacing the corn with sunflowers. The bees will love all the nectar and pollen and you’ll have a healthy veggie garden to boot!
- Take a look at this list of plants pollinated by bees to see if there’s anything you’d like to plant in your yard this year.
So will you have a bee friendly yard this year? Let us know what you’re planning by replying to this post!