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Tips for a bee-friendly garden

The welfare of bees and other insects is very important to many people. So we had an in-depth discussion with our partner, Bienenbotschaft (Bee Embassy), and have put together eight helpful tips and interesting background information for you to make your garden, terrace or even balcony bee and insect-friendly.

Important: When designing your garden, don’t just think of the bees but all insects in general. After all, the primary value of these animals lies in pollination, not honey production.

1. FEED THE BEES ALL YEAR ROUND

"When choosing plants for your garden and terrace, use native plants wherever possible since wild bee species will have adapted to local food plants," explains Moses from Bienenbotschaft. A wild species is always preferable to a cultivated species of plant. Avoid double flowers – they look nice, but having so many petals acts as a barrier between bees and nectar and pollen, making them pretty worthless as food. Instead, choose a mix of plants farmed organically that flower all year round and provide insects with food. Bees will thank you for providing such an abundant food supply, especially at the beginning and end of the vegetation period, i.e. spring and autumn. The plants below are particularly well suited:

7. DON’T FORGET THE DRINKS

Even insects need to drink. Small coves in large stones or bird baths with a large stone placed in them and filled with water on sunny days make great places for bees to come for a drink. And garden ponds also make great water sources for many animals and insects, of course. By the way, did you know that many wild bees need water not only to drink, but primarily to build their nests? They use the water to ‘mortar’ their brood cells.

8. NO PESTICIDES

Those who prefer more natural garden landscapes tend to avoid pesticides and artificial fertilisers. There are almost always good, natural alternatives. The use of beneficial insects to combat pests has been tried and tested, and these insects can now be ordered easily and cheaply online. In case of doubt, removing or trimming diseased plants or plants infested with pests is also a better alternative in bee-friendly gardens.

HUSQVARNA’S TIP: Thanks to its battery-powered drive, Automower® not only mows quietly and with no direct emissions, but its mowing system also reduces the need for fertiliser and other products. Millimetre-fine grass clippings are immediately returned to the lawn as fertiliser. The mowing system, comprised of a mowing disc and small pivoting blades, generates hardly any suction, reducing the risk of insects on the ground being sucked up.
By combining different bee-friendly garden approaches, each and every home gardener can do their part to ensure the welfare of our precious bees.

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