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Tips You Can Do To Protect Your Bees

Bees are a vital part of our world and are facing an alarming decline. Responsible for pollination of approximately 30% of our food crops and 90% of our wild plants, the prospect of a world without bees is frightening.

Save the Aerosols

Okay, garden pests are frustrating, but did you know that pesticides are recognized as one of the major threats to pollinators worldwide?

So how can we control pests? Garden pesticides can be replaced by natural alternatives such as garlic, onion or salt, soap and citrus orange oil or even chili pepper spray. There are lots of great recipes for natural pesticides to make on your own by searching the internet. Remember that even natural sprays can harm pollinators, so be sure to use them only outside of harvesting hours.

Planting Bee-friendly Flowers

Even if you don't have bees, planting a bee garden is something anyone can do.

When selecting flowers for your garden, be sure to include some local native plants in a variety of different colors.

Bees, like humans, enjoy diversity. Include flowers of different sizes and shapes, plant in groups to make foraging easier.

Find plants that flower at different times of the year. Support a range of different pollinators in different seasons. Trees and shrubs produce much greater amounts of pollen and nectar.

Most people love a clean lawn, however, traditional lawns are pollinating deserts and most grasses (e.g. dandelions and clover) are a great source of forage for bees.

Let your vegetable and herb plants flourish and dandelions bloom, bees go in search of food.

The Only Local Source of Honey

Meet your local beekeepers and support this important industry. The big honey brands often pass on adulterated honey, which mixes cheap sugar in order to reduce their costs and improve their profits.

Help Protect the Habitat

Even if you live in an urban environment, there is still a lot you can do to support the bees. Join groups that are working hard to protect the habitat from pollinators or donate to support the incredible work they are doing.

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Provide an Oasis

The bees also need drinking water. Provide a water source with small rock protections, so that the bees do not drown.

Create Pollinating Spaces In Your Garden

There are more than 19,000 different species of bees worldwide, many of which are solitary nest pollinators. Different types of pollinators require different types of homes.

Cavity-nesting bees use hollow plant stems or holes in wood to lay their eggs.