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With the recent reports of dwindling Bee populations, it is important to remember these important insects in your Eco-friendly lawn care plans.  Although, per the EPA, Colony Collapse Disorder(CCD) is reportedly mainly caused by Varroa mites, viruses, and habitat changes; every homeowner can do their part to promote a healthy pollinator population.

 

Bee Safe Lawn Care

Pollination Friendly Plantings

The over-arching issue with the Bee population decline is the role they play in the pollination of our food crops and livestock pastures.  Planting long-blooming shrubs and flowers in your landscape can help attract and promote Bees during their pollination periods.

The recent Facebook fad is to promote bee pollination by leaving Dandelions to grow in your laws.  While Dandelions are great for bees because of their numerous pollen making parts, dandelions have very short life spans. How many times have you seen these yellow flowers quickly transition into the cotton-like seed heads that kids love to blow? Instead, focus on plants with long flowering cycles. Plants that produce long-lasting blooms are plentiful, here are just a few examples:

  • Azaleas
  • Rhododendron
  • Daylillies
  • Forsythia
  • Dogwood
  • Impatiens
  • Roses

Read more on Eco-Friendly landscaping here:https://greenteamct.com/2018/07/29/tips-advice-eco-friendly-landscaping/

 

Create a Shallow, Moving Water Bee Oasis

Thought you knew everything about the “Birds N Bees”.  But did you know they both enjoy shallow moving water areas? That’s right, though bird baths are already a popular landscape feature, creating gentle slopes with rocks encourages bees to bath and drink.  Maintaining the “moving” detail of this tip will discourage Mosquitoes, as they require still water to lay eggs.

Learn more rock landscaping tips here: https://greenteamct.com/2019/04/26/landscape-design-journals-white-rock-for-dark-spots/

 

Perform Mowing, Cutting, Trimming Around Their Schedule

It is well known that bees do most of their foraging in the mid-morning to late-afternoon.  When it’s time to mow, it is safest for bee populations for these tasks to be performed at the earliest possible time in the morning, or the closest to dusk as possible. This goes just as well for any shrub trimming, flower pruning, or tree work that must be done; though for the sake of this post, these tasks should be kept at a minimum.

Learn more lawn mowing tips here:https://greenteamct.com/2019/03/21/lawn-mowing-tips-every-homeowner-should-know-family-handyman-the-family-handyman/

 

Bee Friendly Lawn Care

Avoid Neo-Nicontinoid Insecticides

Although CCD has yet to be directly linked to any Pesticides by the USDA, it is important to know there are safer options for pest control than the more popular Neo-Nicotinoid products available.  These products have long residual properties, their systemic properties penetrate pollen, and show the most risk for bee toxicity.

Even organic methods can harm bees potentially, so avoiding products like insecticidal soaps and dormant oils may be the safest option when thinking of our pollinators. Another important factor to keep in mind is that, although the word “pesticide” is often incorrectly used interchangeably,  herbicides used for weed control do not share these properties and are usually completely bee-friendly when used correctly.

Read more information on organic lawn care here:  https://greenteamct.com/2020/02/02/7-organic-lawn-care-tips-to-try-this -year

 

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Source: https://www.epa.gov/pollinator-protection/colony-collapse-disorder

 

 

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