Many people don’t like bees, yet they are necessary for the existence of the planet. Unfortunately, we are losing these amazing insects at a rapid pace which is destroying the health of our agricultural systems, not to mention the damage being done to the ecosystems.
You can help keep our precious bees alive by creating a natural habitat for them in your flower or bulb garden. Here are some tips on how make a habitat that you and the bees can live with.
1) The most important thing to consider when making a bee habitat is what type of chemicals you will be putting on your vegetation. Pesticides and insecticides kill bees, and they are unhealthy for animals and humans as well. If you want a healthy garden that will attract bees, you need to consider using organic products.
2) If you have enough space on your property, designate a section as the “bee area”. Let the vegetation grow naturally, or plant a wildflower garden to attract the bees. Wildflower gardens not only add natural beauty, they give the bees a place to call their own.
3) The main thing about bees is they are local insects. The vegetation they use to make honey and to pollinate should always come from plants and flowers that would grow naturally in your area. If you don’t know what these plants and flowers are, ask your local nursery for advice.
4) Bees love water and need it to survive. Make sure your bee habitat has plenty of water naturally, or purchase some type of water structure. You can get adventurous and put in a small pond or add a couple of inexpensive bird baths; you don’t really have to get fancy. Bees can’t get directly into the water so make sure they have a safe place to perch. Rocks sticking up out of the water makes for a nice landing pad.
5) Leave the bees to live in peace. If you want to allow your children to bee watch, have them do it at a safe distance. This keeps the bees calm in their own environment and it will keep your children safe from stings. It is very important that the bee habitat stay as natural as possible without too much human intervention.
Providing a bee habitat is something to consider if you have the space for it. That is not to say you can’t have bees fluttering around your flower or tulip beds too—whatever works so that you and the bees can be happy living in the same natural space.