In South Africa we are short of a lot of beehives in urban areas, as concrete jungles do little to attract bees. Without bees on our planet, we wouldn’t have crops, flowers or trees.
Life Landscapes has experience in creating bee gardens and can also supply beehives.
How to attract bees to your garden:
- Do not use pesticides in bee gardens. However, if you really cannot avoid it, then spray environmentally-friendly pesticides at night when the beehive is resting.
- Plant ambrosial indigenous gardens.
- Plant mauve/blue and yellow flowers, as these are a bee’s favourite colours.
- Plant aloes and trees that flower in winter to allow bees to survive throughout the year.
- Provide a consistent water source.
“If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.” - Albert Einstein
Setting up a beehive
Life Landscapes has a team of bee experts who will set up your beehive in your chosen location at a convenient time.
Bees are often considered a safety risk. However, if the beehive is set up in a strategic place in the garden, they will happily get on with making honey and not disturb the landscape technicians.
If a beehive is already located on the property, Life Landscapes can either remove the hive or relocate it to a more convenient space on the landscaping site so that both the bees and people can coexist. An alternative way of attracting bees from a rogue beehive is to set up a beebox in a strategic location, which is something that Life Landscapes can also assist with.
Maintaining a beehive
Some of our landscape technicians can maintain beehives and harvest honey for our garden maintenance clients.