Did you know that a company in London has successfully tested tiny mechanical drone bees to pollinate flowers?! It’s true but before that technology becomes available to people other than her majesty the Queen we all need a way to get more bees into our gardens. Worx Tools have a fantastic range of gardening products but no matter how hard we toil the soil it’s vital to have a swarm of mini workers in the backyard pollinating your plants.
First up how does it work?
“Simply put, pollination occurs when pollen is transferred from one flower to a second flower of the same species, where it can fertilize it and begin the process of fruit and seed production. Although some plants can pollinate themselves, most require the help of insects, birds, bats and other organisms — collectively referred to as pollinators.” – gardeners.com
Here’s 5 ways to welcome bees into your garden
1. Plant Flowers for Bees
Always start by planting native flowers when you can. Bees evolved with nature and so are most comfortable when they recognise the plants they are pollinating – just like us when we’re on the couch in our favourite trackies, we’ll end up staying longer. Also the colour of the flowers you plant play an important part. Yellow flowers appear blue to bees and bees are particularly attracted to blue flowers. So think native, colour and plenty of them both.
2. Ditch the pesticides
Garden chemicals and healthy bees don’t mix! Using natural pesticides will help your backyard blossom and the environment at large will thank you by sending more bees your way.
3. Put out water
Bees need to drink and evaporate water to cool their hives. They collect water droplets, such as the morning dew on leaves, but in the heat of Australia these evaporate quickly. What we can do at home is create an artificial source of water in the form of water feature in the garden or even simpler a bowl of water. The important thing to remember is that bees suck at swimming! So when you’re setting up a watering hole for them make sure there is an area for them to clamber on and sip away. A good option is a bowl full of rocks and water.
4. Offer a home
Add an insect house to your garden to provide nesting sites for solitary bees and insects. You can make your own like the one featured below or purchase one from a local retailer. Either way just make sure it has a waterproof roof.
5. Keep a few weeds around
Dandelions are weeds but they’re also an excellent bee attractor so let the corners of your garden run a little wild. Allowing your lawn to flower with some of these types of ‘weeds’ is a great way to entice a few more pollinators into your backyard.