The Buzz on How to Attract More Bees to Your Garden

Pollinator gardening

Bees are busy little workers that don’t get enough credit. They pollinate the crops that feed us and help keep our plants healthy and happy. It is crucial to help save and protect bees. Use these 4 easy ways to attract bees to your garden.

bee on flower

How to Attract Bees to Your Garden

You may be asking yourself, what can you do to attract bees to your garden? There are some simple things you can do to set up your garden to be more bee-friendly, from avoiding chemicals to choosing plants that bees love. 

Grow Plants that Attract Bees

Bees need multiple sources of nectar and pollen from spring to fall. Flowering trees, bushes, and native grasses can provide a good foundation for your yard and garden. Then add some perennials and annuals that bloom at different times of the year.

Here are a few flowers you can grow from seed to attract bees. Plant them in patches that are at least 3’ square to make sure the bees notice them and visit.

Provide Water

A birdbath is an excellent addition to your garden. Make sure there’s a stand or a piece of wood floating for the bee to safely perch on and drink water without drowning. 

Change the water frequently to keep it clean and to keep mosquito populations down.

Provide Shelter

Bees need shade, protection from the wind and rain, and habitat. Don’t worry - you don’t have to become a beekeeper with an apiary to attract bees to your garden!

bee hotel

Different kinds of bees have different sorts of homes. Bunch grasses can attract bumblebees, and bare patches of dirt can attract ground-dwelling bees. A bee hotel adds some visual interest to your garden and provides a home for wild bee species without the commitment of caring for a honeybee apiary.

Avoid Chemicals

Insecticides, fungicides, and herbicides all can endanger bee populations. Neonicotinoids are especially devastating and can have effects that last long after their application. 

Be mindful of any chemical agents being used in your neighborhood, and do your best to avoid them yourself.

Having healthy bee populations in our environment is vital to our food supply. Without bees, our gardens are less productive.

With a little resourcefulness, you can attract more bees to buzz about in your garden. They do so much for us humans, and it can feel really great to do something nice for them, too. Your plants will love you for it, too!


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