Unfortunately, we rarely think about these tiny, yet largely significant creatures. Everyone knows that they are somehow important, very busy, hard-working and so on, but what do we really know about them and their role in supporting our entire ecosystem?
If the bees don’t pass pollen from plant to plant, all those fruits and vegetables (about the third of the foods we eat today) whose pollination depends on these insects would be reduced to worryingly low numbers. Those healthy and juicy berries, exotic kiwis and nutrient-rich avocados could just disappear. However, we can prevent that from happening by politely inviting our bee friends into our garden.
Like all other animals, bees don’t handle climate change well. They can get confused and be at the wrong place and time for much-needed pollination. The pesticides and diseases don’t help either and the fast, ever-growing urbanisation of the world made the bees lose their habitats. Maybe you think that these are all well-known troubles deeply rooted in the existence of modern men, so what can I possibly do to help? You can do more than you realize and here is how!
Grow Bee’s Favourite Plants
The most obvious one is growing plants and flowers with pollen and nectar. Besides extremely beautiful scenery, having plenty of these plants will naturally attract bees to collect all the delicacies they need. Some of those are already in your backyard, and getting and cultivating those which are not is a simple job to do.
One of the greatest and most lovely plants that Blue-banded bees adore is surely Lavender. We all love it, actually. It doesn’t require much attention and you can find the seeds anywhere. In the summer when Lavender is at the peak of its existence, the bee will be your regular guest.
Another plant particularly attractive for bees is Sage. Easy to grow and take care of, Sage is an ideal herb for a garden or container. The good thing about Sage is that native Australian bees love all kinds of herbs – mint, basil, thyme, rosemary, and lemon balm. All super easy to grow! And we need to mention our beloved Cut-leaf daisy that covers most of Australia’s ground.
Build Them a Safe Home
We mentioned that bees lost their homes, so what you can do is build a new one for them. The good thing is that having a small bee house is more than enough. Having a large wooden box would call in some unwanted guests like pests and wasps which doesn’t help at all.
Once you install the safe-place for the bees, they will lay their eggs and feed the larvae after. This is how you provide accommodation for many bee generations to come. It already feels so good, doesn’t it? Another place that the queen bumblebees need is a bee nest for a hibernating period. You need a pot, moss and hay and you are good to go. A couple of minutes of your time can preserve an entire bee colony. Avoiding a pesticide around this area is crucial!
Let The Natural Greenery Grow
Another great thing about having bees as guests is that you can relax with the mowing and weeding because having nature do its work can help immensely to the bees. Weed and dandelions are considered to be great nectar providers, so you can let them grow there for a while.
Artwork Landscapes Professionals Love to Create a Beautiful Bee Friendly Gardens
Now, mark May 20th on your calendar as World Bee Day and promise yourself to do as much as you can to keep the bees on our planet. By doing that, you can contribute to preserving the whole human existence. Contact our Artview Landscapes gardeners by filling out a simple form and let us take care of creating bee invitations at your garden!
Owner/operator of Artview Landscapes, Brian Baker is a talented landscape designer who has been managing, designing and building structured landscapes in Sydney for twenty five years. He has personally built or managed over 800 landscape construction projects ranging in value from $5,000 to $250,000 for residential projects and between $10,000 and one million dollars for commercial projects.