Protecting our environment is critical, especially when it comes to saving our precious honey bees; and you can help by starting with your yard…
Why is it so important to save the bees?
Bees are an essential part of our ecosystem – some of our most effective pollinators and vital to growing the crops that sustain us. Butterflies, other insects and even birds and bats help transport pollen from plant to plant, but the pollination efficiency of bees is far superior.
How dire is the current situation for honey bees?
The survival of bees is under serious threat due to dangers including climate change, pesticides and habitat loss.
What can we do to help save the bees?
Chemicals and other poisons can damage our ecosystem, killing all sorts of wildlife in its wake for years to come. Avoid using pesticides in your gardens and on your lawn.
Additionally, providing nutrients and potential nesting sites can help save the bees. Bees can find it easier to feed on the plants which they have adapted to over the centuries. So, planting native plants in your yard can help support the bee population. Conversely, plants that are not native to our area and can become invasive can rob bees of their natural habitat, making it difficult for them to survive.
A yard which is welcoming to bees may include some areas of bare soil, as a large percentage of bees are ground nesters. Other bees are cavity nesters, preferring woody plants to lay their eggs. Gardens including trees, shrubs, native grasses and flowering plants help to ensure the survival of bees too. In fact, every little bit helps. Try planting a small section of native plants in your yard and you may be surprised at the buzz you create!