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Why You May Want to Put in a Bee Sanctuary in Your Minnesota Backyard

As a Minnesota native landscaping company we’ve had the great joy of being part of a number of landscaping installation projects in partnership with solar power entities. In addition to the terrific benefits for the property owners as well as the restoration and protection of our natural environment, often the wildflowers that are part of these projects provide habitat for bees and other threatened pollinators. This topic is of utmost importance to us, and it’s satisfying to see more and more land that would otherwise sit idle being converted to a haven for those winged creatures. But did you know it doesn’t take acres and acres to provide a bee sanctuary? In fact, one of the growing trends in residential landscaping is including a spot for bees.

With so much in the news about the decline in bee population and vanishing pollinator habitat, we’re encouraged to see growing interest in beehives and bee-friendly plants in backyards.  ‘Urban beekeeping’ is the term, and says Martha Stewart, “Beehives full of honey and hope give backyard beekeepers something to buzz about.” Honey and hope – we like that.

Gardeners – from novice to master – are taking on beekeeping. It’s a productive hobby that takes very little time to maintain, because the bees do most of the work! 

With a little planting of pollinator-friendly native plants and some basic hive equipment, you can do your part to help preserve this vital yet threatened part of our eco-system. 

And if you’ve also got fruit trees or a vegetable garden nearby, you’ll reap the benefits from those bees as well.  Then you can sit in your beautiful garden and admire its beauty while you sip on some rose hip tea sweetened with a dollop of honey from your own hive!

We’re proud to support this trend with Sow-It Together kits that are native seed mixes specially formulated to provide food for bees and other pollinators.  These same plants also attract butterflies. And even if you’re not up for getting into the hobby of backyard beekeeping, having pollinator-friendly plants in a corner of your backyard still lets you do your part to help protect and preserve our native plants and wildlife. You’ll still get visits from wild pollinators, so enjoy!

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