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Helping Bees in the Garden

Though there are many who have a fear of the adorable fuzzy bumblebee, as landscapers and gardeners, it is our duty to help these wonderful honey makers, especially now that they are officially endangered. Our gardens are vital fast-food takeaways for bees, and as well as serving up a varied menu of plants, they can provide the shelter and nesting places bees need.

It is sad that our gardens are proving to be a better habitat for bees than our countryside. It should be the other way around, but our British green pastures have lost much of its natural variety. Some parts appear to be more like industrial units, with huge fields of single crops replacing hedgerows and the wide range of plants which are needed by bees to thrive on. This is why we must do our bit to help the bees, now more than ever.

Around 13 species of bee are now extinct in the UK and 35 more are under threat of extinction. According to experts, there has been an overall decline in the diversity of wild bees in recent decades. With this in mind, our experts at Ladybrook have put together some simple tips that can help you, and your clients, create a bee paradise and help other wildlife survive in the garden.

Set up a Bee Garden

We’re not saying that you need a large space to be doing this. Small spaces can be great for setting up bee gardens. Though you don’t need to wait for the perfect sunny say, now is a good time of year to get started.

Choosing Bee-friendly PlantsIt’s always best to start with something simple to suit the space, time and interests of yourself or your client. Pots on a patio, herbs in a planter or even adding a hanging basket can help bees, if you choose the right plants of course. Plants such as Lavender, White Clover, Sage, and Thyme are just a few examples of plants that are ideal for bees, and they don’t take up much space at all!

Plant Through the Seasons to Help Bees in the Garden

Just like people, bees need food and shelter throughout the year, so it’s good to think about planting through the seasons. Which plants will grow to provide nectar and pollen that bees rely on for survival?

Sunflowers will rise from spring and are great for feeding both bees and birds. It’s also a good idea to leave sunflowers to turn to seeds in autumn and winter so that the birds can feast on them, as well as leaving the stump and roots in the ground to return nutrients to the soil.

Planting a Mix of Foods that are suitable for Bees in the Garden

When it comes to bees in the garden, they need a range of plants for food, from trees to herbs, throughout the year. Small trees such as holly or willow will help bees at different times of the year. Ivy is a top food in autumn, and it is best to not cut them back until after they have finished flowering.

Whether you prefer fruits or vegetables, bees love both. You can mix it up or opt for a theme if you would like a stylised kitchen garden. Not only will you be helping the bees, but the bees will help pollinate your veg.

Provide Bees in the Garden with Shelter by Letting Grass Grow

If you have a lawn, give your mowing a break by letting some areas of it grow longer. When you mow, cutting less often and less closely will help give your bees in the garden places to feed and shelter through the grass.

Help Bees in the Garden by Throwing out Pesticides

One thing to wave goodbye to, if you want to help bees in the garden, is the pesticides. These are part of the implications behind the decline of the bee population. Though it’s tempting to grab a can when shopping for plants, you can deal with real pests, such as aphides, by stripping them off with gloved hands.

Grow from Seed to Create Bee Habitats

Growing from the seed is an ever so popular especially when it comes to vegetables. It is a cheap way to get the full experience of tending through to maturity and is an ideal method for growing bee-friendly habitats.

Talk to Ladybrook Today

Helping bees in the garden is an important responsibility for landscapers and gardeners, and you can start by looking for bee-friendly plants. For more information, talk to Ladybrook today to see how we can help you find the best plants for your next bee-friendly landscaping project.

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