A lush beautiful garden attracts bees, and bees are what help to make a garden lush and beautiful. It is a natural give-and-take that humans have with nature and it is easy to achieve.
Habitat loss has been a disaster for the bee population. By creating a desirable stopping point for them it will benefit not only that garden but well beyond. Honey bees will travel as far as two miles (three kilometers) from their hives to gather nectar and pollen. This means that a single desirable yard in a neighborhood could encourage better pollination for acres of land.
Planting Desirable Flowers
A recent infographic clearly explains what native plants work best in certain countries. The use of native plants prevents damage to ecosystems by non-native and potentially invasive species. Examples include planting Hawthorne in England and Primrose in Portugal. Native plants also typically have a life cycle that matches the needs of the local bees and helps to lure other beneficial insects and birds as well.
Using Other Tactics
There is much more to attracting bees than just planting flowers. Simple steps like allowing dandelions to grow by mowing less, avoiding pesticides and planting flowering trees will all increase the appeal of the yard. Dandelions and other wildflowers are attractive to bees and are a free and time-saving option when keeping a flower garden is not possible. Use companion plants for chemical-free pest defense. This involves adding plants that repel specific bothersome insects next to plants that are typically food for those insects.
Many of the tactics needed to have a bee-friendly garden are simple, inexpensive and easy to remember. Print the infographic for reference and begin making the changes necessary to draw in this desirable insect. The results will be evident within a season or two and in many cases is noticeable even sooner.