We all know honey bees are important, but many do not realize that there are more than 2,000 species of native bees in the United States. Many of these bees are better at pollinating native plants of blueberry and tomatoes than honey bees, and most of these bees actually look more like flies or flies.
You do not need to keep bees to encourage your bees to look at your landscape and to pollinate your trees. Providing plants that attract pollinators is easier than you think.
Bees are white, yellow, blue and purple look better than any other color so fill your landscape with some coreopsis, ‘new gold’ lantana, balsam, and various salvia. You will also attract beneficial insects, including pollinators, by planting herbs and blooming flowers. Small white and yellow flowers on Deal and Parsley and purple flowers on Annis Hespe are great nectar sources for beneficial pollination!
Bees are active during the day so be sure to take special care around bee-loving plants. They will not be affected by the liquid products applied to the leaves after they have been dried (when bees actively spray liquid pesticides on the plants for food consumption), they are extremely harmful.
When using systemic products, follow the labeling instructions very carefully. There is a lot of misinformation online about the harmful effects of systemic products on bees so be sure to get your information from an educational based organization, not a garden-based blog.
Bees play a special role in our environment and landscapes. Let us do our best to care for and promote them.