We offer weed control services for your yard and garden, but it is important to know which weeds are insidious enough to fight with chemicals and which we can co-exist with. The classic definition of a weed, of course, is something, anything, growing where it should not be so even an orchid in the middle of a green lawn could be considered a weed. The thing to remember with many weeds is that while we humans may not like them, honey bees do. Take the dandelion for example. How many hours has humanity spent fighting back this edible, pretty flower because it likes to sprout…well, everywhere! The dandelion is an essential flower for bees out early in the spring beginning their foraging for pollen. I’m not suggesting you let dandelions take over your lawn but it’s not a bad idea to give them one spot to grow, my spot is behind my garage where they are not seen from the street but where the bees can find them.
In addition to leaving them a few weeds to feed on, we can keep bees in mind when making our planting selections. There are plenty of flowers that are considered bee-friendly and surely there are some to match your taste. The first thing to know when thinking of planting bee-friendly flowers is that food for bees comes in two forms. Bees drink nectar for energy; it is the sugary dew given off by plants. Bees need it in the spring time and in the mornings when they are starting their rounds: think of it as their morning coffee. Pollen is their other food source. They collect pollen and take it back to the hive where it is processed into honey to feed the hive through the winter and to feed bee larvae. Not all plants give off both nectar and pollen so it is good to do a little research and find out which flowers give off nectar and which ones give off pollen.