Of all the insects on the planet, bumblebees are some of the finest friends that mankind has. In fact, without them, human life itself would probably prove to be impossible. They pollinate most of our food crops and almost every other flower – in short, they are essential to almost any landscape. Here are just two ways to promote their welfare in your garden so that it stays healthy all year round:
Do Not Disturb – While many bee species can inflict a painful sting, most – other than the Africanized varieties – are not particularly aggressive unless disturbed. Give their hives a wide berth – 6-8 feet is usually enough and you should have no problems.
Provide Proper Forage – Every creature has to eat. Right? Bumblebees are no exception. By simply providing them with plants – geraniums, plum clover, coneflower and bergomot spring immediately to mind – that meet their needs, a homeowner will create an inviting and sustainable place for these creatures to exist.
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