With blossoms in full bloom and the summer sun high in the sky, it’s time to start thinking about how you can make your garden even greater. One simple way to help your garden grow even more gorgeous is by making it a sanctuary for bees. Many people avoid bees at all costs, but they can actually be instrumental in creating a garden full of beautiful blooms and blossoms. Bees will pollinate your garden, leading to a more fruitful harvest overall, and some bee species can even prevent common garden pests. With the world bee population on the decline, it’s more important than ever to create a safe place for them in your garden. This guide explores several tips for building a bee-friendly garden.
Plant native flowers
One of the best tips for building a bee-friendly garden is to plant flowers, fruits, and vegetables that are native to your area. These types of plants contribute more to your local ecosystem and sustain native wildlife better. When choosing plants for your garden, try to select flowers that produce single blossoms. Flowers with multiple tops produce less nectar and pollen, making them less beneficial for bees and other pollinators. It’s also beneficial to choose plants with long flowering seasons. You can diversify your garden by planting multiple species that bloom at different points in the season. This ensures your bees will always have a steady source of pollen.
Let nature take its course
When you’re building a bee garden, it’s always best to work with Mother Nature rather than against her. Bees prefer a more relaxed approach to gardening and thrive in areas that are a bit more overgrown. You may want to do everything in your power to build a beautiful garden for your bees, but creating a perfectly manicured space may actually do more harm than good.
That’s not to say you need to forgo your garden completely. It’s still important to tend to your plants and weed your garden, but you can do it much less frequently. Check on your garden at least once a week to ensure that it remains healthy and that no harmful weeds have popped up overnight. Be sure to clear away dead plants as well, as these can invite more dangerous pests into your garden.
Install a bee hotel
Bees are more than capable of creating their own accommodations, but there’s nothing wrong with helping out a bit. Bee hotels look quite similar to birdhouses and can provide safe lodging for multiple bees at once. Bear in mind that certain bee species prefer different habitats. Some bees may love a structured hotel, while others may prefer a simple patch of soil in which they can build their own burrow. Research the different bees in your area to ensure you’re providing the best accommodations possible.
It’s also beneficial to create a small area for stagnant water in your garden. You can easily achieve this with a small birdbath. Like all animals, bees require water to survive and are attracted to small ponds and puddles. Creating an area of stagnant water invites bees to stay awhile as they pollinate your garden.