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If you are not lucky enough to have bees settle in the garden by themselves, then you should attract them. Just try our tips.
No bees, no fruit harvest
If there are no bees in the garden, then the result is that the fruit harvest in autumn largely fails. Therefore, it is absolutely worth it, that you lure the useful helpers in the garden! At the same time, it is really time to protect the bees' natural habitat because wild bee populations have decreased dramatically in recent years. Which in turn represents a threat to our complete ecosystem.
Based on these facts, we have put together a few tips on how you can lure the little helpers in your garden and thus protect your fruit harvest or the natural habitat of bees.
Bees in the garden - 4 tips how to attract them
Tip 1 - Offer food
The best option is certainly to arrange for the bees, but also for the useful wasps and bumblebees appropriate forage plants in the garden. These should be offered continuously from spring to fall throughout.
Yarrow, ball-bellflower, early-flowering and late flowering daisies, bluebells, thyme, oregano, fat hens, cornflowers, mallows, ivy, roses and the like are recommended for this special cultivation.
Tip 2 - Building a bee hotel
Already in elementary school our children learn the simple construction of a so-called bee hotel, which can be hung in the garden. Especially since smaller designs require very little space, because they can only be made from a thick tree slice.
Simply cut a hole in the center of the tree disc and insert a honeycomb brick break. Then fill in with different grasses and straw and hang the decorative hotel on a sheltered place.
A larger, well-maintained bee hotel can also serve as a winter home for the beneficial insects.
Tip 3 - Use attractants
The specialist retailers now also offer ready-made attractants that make it very easy to lure wild bees into the garden. In most cases, the dry mixture must still be mixed with a little water, before it is used e.g. is spread on the leaves of plants. You can also fill the attractant (available here) in a small bowl and put it directly in front of the bee hotel.
Tip 4 - Avoid insecticides
Of course, if you want to attract bees and bumblebees, you will need to completely forego the use of insecticides in the garden. Especially since insecticides can cause great damage to bees, but also to other animals.