Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Creating a Haven for Honeybees

The honeybee is a highly respected little insect - even though 5% of the population is estimated to be allergic to their stings. They are hard workers and bring us delicious honey, but the sad news is that they are just disappearing. The honey bee epidemic has been going on potentially since 2006, but it's only just now becoming a hot topic. While it appears to be corn pollen that is causing them problems, there are things you can do to help create a safe haven for the honey bees. As your local farm and garden store in Camdenton, MO - we have a vested interest in the bees. Here are five things you can do to help keep the honey bees around to help celebrate World Honey Bee Day on August 18th.

Keep Things Wild

Bees are going to be naturally attracted to plants that are native to the area. This doesn't mean you can't incorporate exotic plants with bold colors and aromas, but be willing to leave some aspects of your garden to show off the native plants. You can also help by not cleaning up every aspect of your garden. By letting nature run it's course in your fields and landscapes, you are providing the perfect homes for your bees and other insects.

Provide Blooms

Bees are drawn to plants with blooms. The more blooms you have in your yard, the better chance you have of not only attracting them, but also keeping them around. Bright colors, bold scents, and plenty of pollen are sure to help out your bees. Of course, as we near the end of the summer season, it may be harder to find things with blooms - but keep in mind that there are plenty of fall flowers that bloom as well. Here are a few plants that bloom through the fall:

  • Zinnias
  • Marigolds
  • Autumn Crocus
  • Mums
  • Sunflowers

Provide Water

Did you know that bees need water to survive? This may come as a surprise - but it's true. There are a few things to keep in mind, though, as you provide water for your bees. You'll want to make sure and position it in such a way that the flight path to the water doesn't conflict with the paths that people walk. Another thing to keep in mind is that the water needs to be changed regularly to keep mosquitos from inhabiting it. The final tip is that bees aren't good swimmers, so the water needs to be shallow. A shallow bird bath can be a great option. If your looking for some beautiful styles, we have plenty to choose from.

Limit the Pesticides

If not limiting them, be aware of what is in them and how they affect the insects around your garden. We know that it can be valuable to ward off deer and other rodents, but you don't want to kill the bees off either. Pyrethroids and Neonicotinoids are both commonly used in pesticides but can be highly toxic to bees. Are you looking for something specific when it comes to insecticides at the Lake of the Ozarks? Stop by sometime and we can make some suggestions.

All Your Gardening Needs

At Camdenton farm and Garden, we are here for you and the bees. We know how important these little insects are when it comes to keeping your gardens alive. Take some time this week to think about what you can do in your landscape and gardens to help care for the honey bees. If you need some help - stop by and visit! Our team loves to talk about all things garden related, and we'd love to provide some suggestions.

Camdenton Farm & Garden

Providing quality lawn and garden products at the Lake of the Ozarks and surrounding counties for over 25 years! 

251 S Business Hwy 5 Camdenton, MO


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