BY JULIE CHENG
Native bees are endangered due to pesticide use and loss of habitat. They are often better pollinators than the honeybee, helping pollinate our fruit trees and vegetables and preserve the native ecosystem. We need to whatever we can to help these efficient pollinators.
With the expert guidance of staff and volunteers by the organization Hives 4 Humanity, I was inspired to build bee homes from reclaimed wood for my backyard to give the little native pollinators a place to nest.
This summer, my apple trees and blueberry and raspberry bushes are bursting with fruit.
It’s a great way to start and end the work day, watching the bees. The bees are fascinating and super-cute.
What you can do to help native bees
- Plant native wildflowers that are bee-friendly
- Plant some bee turf instead of grass for your lawn
- Do not use pesticides or herbicides in your garden
- Build a bee home in your garden
- Purchase bee cocoons and set them out in spring/summer by your bee home
- For bee supplies, check your local garden store (like Figaro’s, West Coast Seeds) or online store (beediverse.com)
Julie Cheng has lived in the neighbourhood for more than 20 years and is the editor of the Renfrew-Collingwood Community News.
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