Six Great Ways To Attract Bees To Your Garden

Bees are great pollinators and most flowering plants need them to reproduce. To attract more bees to your yard, below are six strategies that are sure to help fill your garden with the gentle buzzing of happy bees.

  1. Provide Drinking Water: Bees need water daily. Set up an outdoor water feature with water-conserving landscaping. Bees cannot swim, so ensure they have something to land on, like water lilies or floating vegetation.
  2. Diversify Your Plants: Plant a variety of flowers that bloom at different times throughout the year, from early spring to late summer. This diversity will keep bees coming back to your yard.
  3. Use Non-Toxic Pest Control: Avoid chemical pesticides that are toxic to bees. Opt for safe pest control methods using ingredients like garlic, corn gluten, kaolin clay, or bacillus thuringiensis.
  4. Use Local Native Plants: Choose local plants that are adapted to your region’s climate. Local nurseries can recommend native flowers that attract bees.
  5. Grow Flowers that Attract Bees: Bees prefer flowers with shallow, flat blossoms in blue, purple, or yellow. Experiment with different flower types to see which ones bees are most attracted to.
  6. Provide Shade: Plant trees, bushes, and shrubs to create leafy shade. This shade provides a cool resting spot for bees on hot days and helps them avoid heat exhaustion.

By implementing these strategies, you can create an inviting environment for bees, supporting their population and enhancing your garden’s beauty.

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