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Be Bee Friendly This Fall


As the vibrant colors of autumn transform our landscapes, it's essential to remember that bees and other pollinators are preparing for the colder months ahead. Fall is a crucial time for these vital creatures, as they seek shelter and sustenance to survive the winter. Use these autumn strategies to create a bee-friendly environment that supports these essential insects during the colder months. 

  • Embrace Fallen Leaves:  Instead of hurriedly raking up fallen leaves, consider leaving them where they lie or designating a leafy area in your yard. Fallen leaves provide excellent shelter for bumblebees and other overwintering pollinators. You can even enhance this natural habitat by placing branches over any raked piles of leaves to keep them in place. A carpet of autumn leaves can become a haven for bees seeking refuge from the winter chill. 

  • Preserve Garden Debris: Allowing twigs, leaf litter, and brush to remain in your garden creates a rich environment for winter pollinators without much effort on your part. These materials provide nesting sites and protection, ensuring that bees have a cozy place to spend the winter.

  • Say No to Pesticides: Perhaps the most crucial step you can take to protect bees in the fall and year-round is to avoid using pesticides, especially systemic chemicals like neonicotinoids that are particularly toxic to bees. These chemicals have been linked to large-scale bee die-offs and can have devastating effects on pollinator populations. By keeping your garden free of these harmful substances, you create a healthy habitat for bees and other pollinators.

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