Tips for Bee Friendly Irish Lawn Care
Bee friendly Irish lawn care can add to your garden enjoyment and improve the planet. Bees are vital to us because they pollinate about a third of the food we eat.
The trouble is, bees are in decline not just in Ireland but around the world.
It may be hard to believe, but we have 98 native bee species in Ireland and one third of those are threatened with extinction.
The honey bee, bumblebee and solitary bees – they are the non-social bees – are under threat.
Fruits, vegetables and many nuts depend on the little bee to pollinate. Not to mention rapeseed and sunflowers. A study from the Department of the Environment found that bees are worth €53m a year to the Irish economy.
The problem is that we have reduced the places where bees can nest and can get food. Bees need pollen and nectar from plants to survive. And while they are feeding they carry the vital pollen so the flower can reproduce, and from there we get our food.
Ensuring bee friendly Irish lawn care
The Irish Pollinator Initiative has put together a plan to provide ‘food and shelter’ for bees in lands throughout Ireland from parks and farmland to domestic gardens.
Though the residential garden is a smaller part of the pollinator picture, it is still recognised as an important part of the overall plan to create a bee friendly environment.
So your lawn has a part to play.
Irish Lawn Care – Three Practical Suggestions Bee Friendly Lawn Care
Here are three practical suggestions you can take to make your lawn more attractive to bees:
Bee Friendly Irish Lawn Care Tip #1: Border Plants
Plant some bee loving plants in your borders. Bees particularly like blues and yellow flowers. Lavender is always a draw. And you get the added treat of crushing the lavender in your hand to get the lovely scent.
Try these plants:
- Bell heather
- Allium pink or white
- Camelia pink
Consider when plants flower so you have something of interest for your bees all year. Broom flowers in the Spring as does the lovely bluebell. Honeysuckle and thyme are good in early summer. Ivy flowers in the autumn.
Bee Friendly Irish Lawn Care Tip #2: Strip of unmowed longer grass
This is a bolder move but it makes sense. You may have seen this idea in your local park.
Have you noticed how the main grass area is mown tight and maintained where people walk and jog? But then there are patches of long grass in places. You find them sweeping up towards a boundary wall, towards the backs of houses near the park or in areas near clumps of trees. In those areas the grass has been left to grow longer. This encourages bees and insects.
This is part of a change of approach by councils to encourage bees and other insects.
In your garden, you could create a narrow strip near your lawn – at the end of the lawn or running next to a wall – and leave it to grow long while you keep the rest of the lawn well groomed.
Bee Friendly Irish Lawn Care Tip #3: Herbs
Plant herbs in the ground or in pots near your lawn. Thyme is a favourite for the bees. And you get to pop some fresh thyme in your cooking. Everyone’s a winner. Here’s a few herbs you can try:
- Lemon Balm
What do you think? Have you any recommendations for plants that you have found work well for you in attracting bees?
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