Bee-Friendly Gardening: How to Spray (If You Must)

10 Mar

Spring is here! For many gardeners, this means spraying clouds of herbicides and pesticides that can kill or weaken neighborhood bees. Fancy a cool drink of Round-up, anyone?

Here’s how you can minimize damage to neighborhood bees if you absolutely must spray chemicals in your yard or garden.
Bee Friendly Gardening

Of course, this won’t help with a new kind of garden evil — neonicotinoids — but every little bit helps. Even better, pull weeds instead of spraying and keep everyone healthy, happy, and safe.

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4 Responses to “Bee-Friendly Gardening: How to Spray (If You Must)”

  1. Bill Saunders March 10, 2014 at 2:20 pm #

    Can you suggest a source for a nucleus hive? I just moved outside of Santa Fe, NM and need to set up a hive.

    I have a stand, brood box and a couple of short supers

    Any help is appreciated

    Bill Saunders

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    • mistress beek March 10, 2014 at 3:18 pm #

      Hello neighbor,

      I just noticed someone posting about nucs on our local beekeeping forum at:

      http://abqbeeks.org/forum/topics/local-nucs-for-sale

      You might sign up there or post a topic about where to buy a nuc locally and see who responds. The community is very active and several people sell nucs each spring.

      Good luck! And welcome to NM.

  2. karcuri13 March 11, 2014 at 2:49 pm #

    Everyone morning when I boil water for tea, I boil extra that I then go pour on weeds outside. Works really well for weeds growing in sidewalk cracks or in hardscaping.

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