The 3 Basics Of A Bee Friendly Garden

Want your garden to become a haven for the greatest pollinators on the planet? Here are my best tips to attract bees into your garden.

A close up of five bees on a hydrangea flower

Bees are the most essential pollinators on Earth.

The process of “biotic pollination” requires organisms to carry, or move, pollen grains from the anther of one flower to the receptive stigma of another.

Bees make the most important contribution to this process: bees pollinate 80% of flowering plants on Earth.

A single colony is able to pollinate an astonishing 300 million flowers every day!

Bees are the biggest contributor to the natural floral landscape as we know it. In turn, this makes them very important for humans, as bees pollinate 70 of the top 100 food crops, with fruits such as avocados, apples and cherries being 90% dependent on bee pollination.

These astonishing statistics evidence just how vital it is to protect bee colonies, as their pollinating powers make them a key component in both human and animal survival.

However, the sad truth is that honeybees and other bee species are declining, mainly because of habitat loss.

How then do we help these vital creatures?

A bee-friendly garden will encourage bees to collect pollen and nectar from your own backyard; creating these localised habitats makes a huge difference, not only to the life of bees but also to the ecosystem at large.

Here are the three best things you can do to bring all the bees to your yard!

Bee Attracting Tip #1: Install a Bee House Or Hive

Installing a bee house or hive of your own will see an influx of bees in your garden and is a wonderful way to experience the unique superorganism of a bee colony.

Even on a small scale, many people find this a gratifying hobby that’s both enjoyable and beneficial for the environment.

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Bee Attracting Tip #2: Add Bee-Friendly Plants

You can also attract bees and improve their quality of life by planting a variety of plants bees enjoy. If you find bees visiting your garden and you don’t have your own hive, someone near you may: honeybees usually forage within a radius of three kilometres.

There are also feral bee colonies searching for food. However, honey bees don’t like all flowers equally, and it is important to know which plants will be most attractive.

Interestingly, they prefer blue, purple and yellow blossoms. Therefore, some popular additions to bee-friendly gardens include:

  • lavender
  • oregano
  • sage
  • thyme
  • borage
  • sunflowers
  • hypericum
  • tree dahlia.

Native bees also require specific plants to thrive, with some good suggestions being cut leaf daisies, flowering gum, pincushion hakea, tea tree, purple coral pea, grevilia pink surprise, native rosemary and bottlebrush.

Bee Attracting Tip #3: Supply Fresh Water

Aside from planting bee-attracting flora, it is also vital that bees have a freshwater source available, especially during the summer months. By providing a constant supply, bees will frequent your garden.

A good tip with water is to ensure that there are some floating or raised materials that protrude to stop bees from drowning. This can be done simply by leaving out a plate of water with some stones on the plate. This gives the bees somewhere to rest when they’re not drinking.

With these additions, your garden will soon become a haven for the greatest pollinators on the planet.

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