Become a Bee Caretaker

July 18, 2014

Midsummer is a perfect time to help your neighborhood pollinators. When blossoms start to fade and heat and humidity make gardens look more like a parched desert than a lush oasis…there’s several things you can do around your home to help out bees, butterflies and other pollinators:

1.    Avoid the use of insecticides and use natural pest control instead (i.e., prevention, beneficial insects and nontoxic remedies)

2.    Consider letting certain parts of your yard "go wild" and return to their natural state as they can support more ecosystem diversity

3.    Keep your garden well-watered so its flowers produce more nectar (provided you are not under drought restrictions)

4.    Cut your grass less frequently so that pollinator-friendly plants like daisies, clover and other wildflowers can grow up and bloom

5.    Shelter pollinators in your yard by installing bat houses and bee nests

6.    If feasible, leave dead tree trunks alone as homes for wood-nesting bees

7.    Insure a fresh water supply—leave out a shallow bowl filled with water and floating wine corks or river stones for pollinators to safely land on to drink

Share this information with your neighbors and friends. By supporting pollinators, we'll make a real difference in the health of our environment. And with winter still many months away, we have time to enjoy a garden full of flowers, fruits and vegetables and the wonderful creatures that help them thrive.