How To Aract Bees To Your Garden

<p>Every garden needs pollinators. It is a well-known fact that bees are incredible natural pollinators, and they play an essenal part in your garden's ecosystem. Bees pollinate owers, which allows the plants to produce fruit and seeds. Basically, pollinators are essenal because they allow plants to reproduce. Yet, throughout the world this vital group is in crisis. Habitat loss, fragmentaon, and the widespread use of chemical pescides are threatening the insects, birds, and bats that are a crucial part of our ecosystems.</p>
<p>One of the simplest ways to aract bees to visit your garden is by growing parcular owers, that bees love!</p>
<p>Bees are basically looking for two things when they visit your plants:</p>
<p>1. Nectar: Nectar is loaded with sugars and it’s a bee’s main source of energy.</p>
<p>2. Pollen: Pollen provides a balanced diet of proteins and fats.</p>
<p>Here are 5 owers that are super easy to grow, that will help you to aract pollinators.</p>
<h4><strong>1. Shasta Daisy</strong></h4>
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<p>The composite shape of the shasta is what draws bees in. It is also what makes these such ecient methods of helping bees. Bees will land on the big yellow pad we know as the center of the ower.</p>
<h4><strong>2. Sunower</strong></h4>
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<p>Planng bee-friendly owers is denitely an easy way to help keep our buzzing friends alive, and the sunower is the perfect opon for a summerme plant. They're rich in nectar, and are the perfect color to aract bees.</p>
<h4><strong>3. Echinacea</strong></h4>
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<p>This perennial ower’s bud pushes itself toward the sun, providing easy access for bees to land on it. These owers are drought resistant, making them good for the not-so-green-thumbed gardener.</p>
<h4><strong>4. Hollyhocks</strong></h4>
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<p>These owers come in a variety of stunning, bee-aracng colors, make for excellent garden decor and will return each year for several years.</p>
<h4><strong>5. Lavender</strong></h4>
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<p>Bees go absolutely crazy for lavender, which also has other interesng properes that help with warding o unwanted insects, such as eas, ies, and mosquitoes. Lavender is also obviously a very pleasant smelling plant that can be dried and used to fragrance the home.</p>
<p><strong>"There are many other plants that are good for bees. You can use a wildower guide or contact local nurseries to nd your local species."</strong></p>
<p>Here is some advice from the Xerces Society on what to plant to aract more bees to your garden.</p>
<p><strong>1. Try not to use pescides</strong>. Most pescides are not selecve. You are killing o the benecial bugs along with the pests. If you must use a pescide, start with the least toxic one and follow the label instrucons to the leer.</p>
<p><strong>2. Grow local nave plants.</strong> Research suggests nave plants are four mes more aracve to nave bees than exoc owers. They are also usually well adapted to your growing condions and can thrive with minimum aenon.</p>
<p><strong>3. Plant owers in clumps.</strong> Flowers clustered into clumps of one species will aract more pollinators than individual plants scaered through the habitat patch.</p>
<p><strong>4. Have a diversity of plants owering all season</strong>. By having several plant species owering at once, and a sequence of plants owering through spring, summer, and fall, you can support a range of bee species that y at dierent mes of the season.</p>
<p><strong> 5. Plant where bees will visit.</strong> Bees favor sunny spots over shade and need some shelter from strong winds and rain. Humans can help bees in two direct ways: planng bee-friendly owers and not pollung them with chemical toxins. Remember:</p>