Tips For A Bee-Friendly Garden Without A Sting
Most people have become aware of the role of bees in the survival of the planet. Bees are, indeed, critical pollinators. They pollinate around 70% of crop species, which altogether help to feed 90% of the world. Without bees, you and I would be left in a plantless, foodless world. So, it’s heartwarming to see that more and more positive gestures appearing in gardens, such as homeowners building bee hotels out of wood and cardboard boxes or looking for bee-friendly flowers for their front lawn.
However, if you have young children or pets, you might be concerned about inviting bees into your garden. After all, you want your darlings to stay healthy during the summer. An important rule to remember about bees is that they are unlikely to attack unless they feel in danger. In other words, unlike wasps, a bee will only sting as a last resort. However, bees do sting, and it can have dramatic consequences. The question of countless parents and pet owners is how can we welcome bees without exposing our families to potential stings.
You know what to do to attract bees
First of all, it’s vital that you understand what works to protect the bees. Bees need a pesticide-free environment, which means that you can’t, on the one hand, add a lot of native plants and a clean source of water – such as a garden feature – if you rely on pesticides to keep buzzing bugs at bay. You need to maintain an environment that is as chemical-free as possible in your garden. Pesticides play a significant role in bees survival. But your choice of fertiliser or garden feature cleaner can also affect them. You can also use homemade insecticides on your plants, such as mixing vegetable oil with mild soap to get rid of troublesome insects on your flowers and vegetables. This will keep your plants and the bees healthy, for instance.
But manage their presence smartly
It is a good idea to create a safe play area for children and pets – artificial grass, such as LazyLawn, can ensure a comfortable and stylish playground in your garden. As bees are pollinators, they are less likely to show an interest in the fake grass. But you can keep your bees happy by creating little pockets of native plants and flowers on the outskirts of the garden. This will keep the bees away from your family and reduce the risks of accidentally stinging.
Bee friendly plants
You can still make your garden safe for you and your family and welcoming for bees, by creating a bee-friendly area on your plot. Unfortunately many people only provide plants for one or two seasons of the year, but in an unexpected warm spring, bees can come out early, or in a late autumn they can hang around for longer, so make sure you provide an all-year round feast. The Friends of the Earth have a list of everything bees love from wildflowers to herbs to trees, so no matter what size garden you have, or how much time you have, there’s something you can do!
While bees are not likely to sting people without reason, it can be helpful to understand how to manage the bee population in your garden and keep them at a safe distance from children and pets.