Want to help out declining honey bee populations? I have put together a list of 3 things gardeners can do to help the declining honey bee population.
#1 STOP USING HARMFUL PESTICIDES
The first thing a gardener can do to help the declining honey bee population is to stop using harmful pesticides.
3 Ways To Control Garden Pests Without Harmful Pesticides
BARRIERS – Use row covers and mesh nets to allow sunlight to pass through to your plants all in while keeping bugs out.
TRAPS – Use traps to rid yourself of insects. There are a wide variety of traps that do not use chemicals to catch your garden pests.
NATURAL PRODUCTS – Try products like Neem Oil. Neem oil doesn’t have harmful chemicals in it. It is all natural and doesn’t harm the good insects like bees and ladybugs and it is also pet safe.
Additional Post: Learn More About Neem Oil.
#2 PLANT FLOWERS SHRUBS & TREES
Provide a wealth of choices for honey bees to collect nectar and pollen from. Some excellent choices are listed below.
1.) Common Goldenrod
3.) Bee Balm
5.) Apple Trees
6.) Grape Hyacinths
7.) Cherry Tree Blossoms
12.) Chokecherry Blossom
#3 CHANGE YOUR FLOWER WATERING HABITS
• USE A SOAKER HOSE – Set a soaker hose on a timer to water your flower garden. A soaker hose set on low power spray will water the roots of your flowers, leaving the nectar dry on the flowers and easily accessible to honey bees.
• WATER IN THE LATE MORNING – honey bees are busy all day long collecting nectar. The early morning hours are heavily populated with bees out looking for nectar. If you water really early in the morning to try and beat the hot heat you will also be washing off a good majority of the pollen that was produced. Try to water only the roots or wait until midmorning, when the sun will dry off the plants quicker.
It is important to remember that not only is it the honey bee that is declining in numbers but many species of pollinators both wild and even domestic are in decline.
• Urbanization and decline of habitat is one part of a larger issue.
• Pesticides and regular mowing of ditches reduce native plants.
• There are less food sources, nesting sites & places for pollinators of types to live.
Quick Recap 3 Things Gardeners Do To Help Declining Honey Bee Population
1.) Use natural products to control garden pests
2.) Plant trees and flowers honeybees enjoy
3.) Change your watering habits