When you think of bees, you may think of honey. But did you know that bees are so much more important? Bees help pollinate plants, which gives us flowers, fruits, and vegetables. Without bees, our production of produce is affected. You may think there’s nothing you can do to help the bee population, but there is. Let’s take a closer look at how you can help save the bees by harvesting plants responsibly.
Be careful What You Remove
You may want to improve your landscaping by starting fresh. While you may be tempted to completely remove everything from your yard, you want to make sure to leave as many flowers, as possible. Removing all the plants from your yard may hurt a local hive. Also, you want to be careful when it comes to weeds. Some flowering weeds can be a food source for honeybees. In other words, you may hate the dreaded dandelion, but bees love them. However, the dandelion is so much more than a weed.
Enjoy the Beauty of Flowers
You may have tons of flowering plants in your yard. While it can be tempting to cut the flowers and bring them indoors, enjoying them in your yard allows you and the honeybees to enjoy them. If you want to provide a food source for honeybees lavender and the butterfly bush are a great option. Not only are the beautiful, but lavender also helps repel mosquitos.
Stop Using Pesticides
Whether it’s in your vegetable or flower garden, you want to stop using pesticides. Not only do you kill pests, but you also harm beneficial insects, such as honeybees. There are many natural methods for preventing unwanted pests. You can use floating netting, work to keep your garden clear of debris invite beneficial insects, etc.
Plant a Bee Garden
If you truly want to devote part of your yard to help the honeybee, plant a bee garden. This is a garden filled with plants that bees love. The Honeybee Conservancy has an amazing article on creating a bee garden.
There are so many ways we can help the honeybee not only survive, but thrive. Without honeybees, we will lose apples, almonds, blueberries, and other wonderful crops. It doesn’t take a lot of work to protect this incredible species.