Rarely does a week go by lately and I don’t come across an article online, or hear a news story on TV about the troubles facing Honey Bees. One third of our diet comes from insect pollinated plants. We depend on insects to pollinate more than 90 flowering crops including citrus, peaches, blue berries, melons, apples, avocados, soybeans, asparagus, strawberries, pumpkins, tomatoes, peppers, cranberries, squash, broccoli, carrots, coffee, chocolate, and cucumbers.
Due to growing concerns about our dependence on managed European honeybee hives, and the drastic decline in the number of healthy hives each year interest in Native pollinators is booming. There are roughly 4,000 species of bees native to North America. One of the best ways to conserve them is by planting native flowers they co-evolved with. These flowers bloom at preciously the correct time, and and have nectar guides easily recognized by native bees. When designing landscapes to provide optimum benefit to native pollinators it is important to use many species of plants with flowering periods that overlap and provide a steady supply of nectar and pollen spring through fall.
Let us design your landscape to maximize aesthetics, properly locate plants where their water and sunlight needs are met, and insure your success in attracting native bees.