Bee Lawns. Lets embrace them!

Posted by Nancy Payne 02/01/2016 0 Comment(s)

OK, it took me a long time, but I have come to love bee lawns!  Like most people, I worked hard at keeping my lawn weed-free for years.  You know what that means...lots of work, toxic pre-emergent and post-emergent herbicides, or if you garden organically, constantly pulling stubborn weeds.  



In my bee-lawn journey, the first step I took 10 years ago was giving up all pre and post emergent herbicides.  I was out to test how weedy my lawn would get.  To my surprise, with hardly any weeding in 10 years, I have a thick and beautiful lawn!


Over the past couple of years, I began to hear more about "Bee Lawns" and how bees are so important because they pollinate our food.  Articles like the one Dick Fosdick wrote for the Dallas Morning News also helped change my perception of what a lawn should look like. I could not, in good conscience, keep pulling all my weeds. And now, I am out to help the bees.


My next surprise was finding out how beautiful the tiny weed flowers are.  Tiny. Colorful. Beautiful!  Take the time to look and see for yourself.  These flowers bloom at all times of the year which is beneficial to bees because bees feed on nectar provided by the flowers.  Your lawn is their supermarket.  Imagine if your supermarket was only open in the summer.  Bees need food all year long and "weeds" are great at blooming all year long.


If you are afraid of bees, I can understand.  Most of us were brought up that way.  If you give them a chance, you will find out that they are too busy looking for nectar in the flowers and too busy to pay much attention to you.


Instead of spending all your time weeding, now you can go have more fun and relax!  Go ahead and purchase that beautiful garden furniture you have always wanted because now you will have time to use it.  Or, go ahead and plant more native flowers for the bees and butterflies in your garden.  They will appreciate it, and you will get to enjoy the wonder of Nature up close.


Happy gardening!






















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