Gardeners can help bees in their local area by planting a variety of bee-friendly plants. Enjoy our collection of pollinator picks, and we hope you will "bee" inspired to plant some of these in your yard this year!
As soon as the calendar flips the page to March, it seems like every other commercial on television is about how to get rid of the dandelions in your lawn. People go to great lengths every year to remove these yellow puffs form their grass- pulling, plucking, spraying, whacking, and mowing to get rid of that bright yellow glint between the green blades.
But why work so hard? It's better to leave them there!
In early spring, when dandelions blooming your lawn, the bees are in need of a ready source of food to feed themselves and the new bees within the hive. Dandelions can be a great available source of food for bees, especially in the early weeks of spring.
So avoid spraying, plucking, and pruning this year and let your dandelions grow. Your lawn will look like a beautiful wildflower carpet and you can relax in your hammock while you watch the bees enjoy them, too!
Beekeepers throughout the United States are eagerly waiting for spring to arrive- real spring, not a few days where the thermometer hovers above freezing, only to plunge into snowstorm territory once again.
Keepers in many states, especially in the top half of the nation, are reporting ongoing spring hive losses as bees endure the cold weather patterns that have dominated over the past several weeks. For some with a number of hive, winter losses will mean doing more hive splits to repopulate their apiaries. For others, especially hobbyists who have only a few hives, these losses can mean total collapse.
Unfortunately, as weather patterns continue to swing more erratically, beekeepers are likely to continue to experience these difficult conditions in the years ahead. As with any kinds of farming (and yes, bees are livestock), unexpected challenges outside of human control can often make the difference between success and failure.
What percent of you bees survived so far into 2018? Share your story in our poll while we all wait for spring to finally arrive.
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