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How to Create a Landscape that Attracts Bees

Bees play a crucial role in our ecosystem by pollinating plants and crops, which helps to sustain our food supply. As a homeowner or business property manager in North Carolina, you have the opportunity to create a bee-friendly environment right in your own yard. By making some simple changes to your landscaping, you can provide our pollinators with the resources they need to thrive and contribute to the health of your local ecosystem.

Plant Native Shrubs & Flowers

One of the best ways to attract bees to your yard is by planting native trees, shrubs, perennials, and flowers that provide them with nectar and pollen. Native plants have evolved alongside local bee species and are well-suited to their needs. Some great options for North Carolina include Bee Balm, Black-eyed Susans, and Purple Coneflower. These flowers not only attract bees but also add beauty and color to your landscape.

Provide Water Sources

Bees need water just like any other living creature, so it’s important to provide them with a source of hydration in your yard. A shallow dish filled with water or a small birdbath can provide bees with a place to drink without drowning. Adding stones or marbles to the water source can also give bees something to land on while they drink.

Avoid Pesticides

Many pesticides are harmful to bees and other pollinators, so it’s important to avoid using these chemicals in your yard if you want to support bee populations. Instead, opt for natural pest control methods like hand-picking pests or using insecticidal soap. You can also encourage natural predators like ladybugs and lacewings by planting a diverse range of plants in your garden.

Create Nesting Sites

Bees need safe places to build their nests and raise their young, so providing suitable nesting sites in your yard can attract more bees to your garden. Leave some bare patches of soil for ground-nesting bees, or install bee houses for cavity-nesting species like Mason Bees or Leafcutter Bees. These structures mimic the hollow stems or holes that bees would naturally use for nesting.

Transform Your Backyard into a Masterpiece

Bees aren’t just buzzing insects that sting when they feel threatened, they’re an integral part of maintaining healthy outdoor spaces. If you’d like to design and construct a landscape that’ll attract bees to your yard, contact the experts at RK Preferred Landscaping today to schedule a consultation.

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