It’s the first day of spring, and many people will be thinking about getting stuck into the weeds in the garden ready for planting.
This year September is also Bee Aware Month. While there is a lack of movement from the Government on action to keep bee populations healthy, there is plenty that you can do in your home gardens to help.
A group of pesticides known as neonicotinoids have been implicated as one cause of declining bee populations.
Gardening for bees
- Don’t use pesticides.
- If you need to use them, avoid spraying when flowers are in bloom. Spray early in the morning or at sunset to avoid the times that bees are foraging.
- Plant flowers in groups together to attract bees and butterflies.
- Include different sized and shaped flowers in all seasons.
- Choose several colours of flowers. Bees like blue yellow, white or purple.
- Provide fresh, pesticide free drinking water for bees.