Bees are a very important part of nature. Most of the foods you eat depend on bees and other pollinators to exist. Any creature that eats plants (including humans) relies on them. So why are they disappearing?
Pesticides have been known to be a big factor and they have been becoming increasingly popular in the plants you buy. Reducing the use of pesticides would certainly help the bees and other pollinators.
All it takes is one person to start a trend to save the bees. Below, we’ve put together 5 steps that you can take to create a bee-friendly garden.
- Bees and other pollinators love flowers. Make sure your garden has plants that flower throughout the season. Some should flower in spring, some in summer, and some in the autumn months.
- Only plant neonicotinoid-free plants in your garden. Neonics are a common pesticide that has been known to mess up a bee’s brain to the point where they cannot find their way back to the hive. Not allowing this pesticide in your garden will certainly help the bees! If you are unsure if the plants you’re buying are pesticide-free, just ask! The garden center will be able to tell you.
- Some people remove the flowers from their hostas or other perennials. The bees need these flowers! Leave them on until they dry up or die off, then remove them. The bees will thank you.
- Plant native plants in your garden. The nectar tastes best; therefore bees are attracted to them. Any new hybrid plants have different tasting nectar and might not be as attractive to pollinators.
- Sit back and enjoy your garden knowing that you are making a difference for the bees!
Let’s make a difference for the bees! Spread the word and share these tips with your friends.
Comment below if you have a bee-friendly garden!