Over the past couple of years, we’ve heard reports of a dwindling bee population, but the news has many confused.  Most people do not understand the importance of bees to our way of life, we just see them as a nuisance.  However, bees have a powerful impact on everything in our lives, as they’re responsible for the growth of over one third of our food supply.  Simply put, we need the bees.

Bees are responsible for pollination, which is something we’re taught since grade school, but what we’re not taught is that this pollination is a necessary part of our ecosystem.  As a bee descends toward a flower, it is picking up pollen from the stamen of the flower.  As it travels to the next flower, it then deposits the pollen onto the flower’s stigma, thus allowing for the reproduction of plants.  See, plants need this cross-pollination in order to survive, and bees use the excess pollen they’ve collected to feed their young.

As we’ve industrialized massive pieces of land, we’re slowly decimating the population of bees.  We’ve eliminated flowers and plants that are necessary for their survival, and we’re slowing taking out the areas that bees use for their homes, thus destroying their safety and making them susceptible to pesticides and other harmful agents.  Colony Collapse Disorder has already claimed the lives of over half of the honey bee population, a decline that needs to be stopped before it’s too late.

There is a way to turn this around, however, with our home landscaping efforts.  By planting a variety of plants during the year that attract pollinating bees, we can assist in bringing the bee population back to the numbers at which it should be.  By landscaping our yards with the following below we can help by by attracting bees, in hopes of regenerating the population:

  • Aster
  • Ironweed
  • Coneflowers
  • Bee balm
  • A mix of purple, blue, and yellow flowering plants can also draw bees in, as they are attracted to those colors more than others.

While many believe the lack of bees will not impact their lives, that belief is incorrect.  We need bees in order to maintain our food supply at current levels, a necessity for our survival.  To properly landscape your yard for the maximum attraction of bees, contact us today.  We can assist you in creating a bee sanctuary in your yard.