For many of us, the winter months are a time to relax and enjoy the holidays. But if you're a homeowner with a lawn, you know that it's important to keep up with the upkeep of your yard during those cold months. Here are some tips for how to care for your lawn in the winter:
1. Water your lawn regularly. Even though it may not seem like much water is going through the ground during the cold months, it's important to keep up with watering your lawn so that it doesn't dry out too much during this time of year. It's also important not to water too much—you don't want to have a soggy mess when spring rolls around!
2. Mow your grass at least once every two weeks (if possible). This will help keep weeds from growing in summer when they would otherwise be dormant underground. You'll also be able to enjoy clean lines in between mowing sessions if there aren't any tall patches of grass growing above ground level yet!
3. Fertilize regularly throughout the year but especially in the early spring months after winter has passed but before temperatures start rising again (typically mid-March through mid-April). Your plants will thank you by producing beautiful blooms all summer long!
These flowers bloom in spring and summer and attract bees with their colour and petals. The late pink flowers of the elegant Clarkia (Clarkia unguiculata) attract bees, as well as the lavender flowers of Coyote Mint (Monardella villosa) and the white flowers of Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia). Crocus flowers usually appear in autumn, winter and spring, but it is the spring crocus bloom that attracts bees the most.
If you do not have a sun garden, plant your bee flowers in a pot and place them on a sunny terrace or balcony. Another great way to help bees in spring is to plant spring flowers with bulbs in autumn. Bulbs are hardy and reliable plants, and you can guarantee that bees have a source of pollen and nectar from these small flowers.
Plant bee lawns, including growing flowering plants on lawns or grass. Try to plant a mixture of different flower shapes and sizes to attract a variety of bee species to your room. Small bees like small florets and compound flowers, while large bumblebees and carpenters like large flowers.
By planting many flowers that attract bees, we can improve the environment for them and create a safe haven in our gardens where they can find a home. Among other things, you can keep the bees in your garden going by planting colourful flowers. Through the cultivation of a diverse variety of flowers, plants can satisfy the appetite of various bee species.
Native bees are the most important pollinator group we have, and as their habitat dwindles, this is an important time for us to help by planting the best flowers for bees in our gardens. Bee-friendly plants and flowers in your garden to attract bees and other valuable pollinators is also an important thing to do to help wildlife. Remember that bee-friendly plants are loved by other pollinators; therefore, by planting flowers that attract bees, you can also help useful insects such as moths, hoverflies, butterflies and in some cases, birds and other small animals.
As an amateur gardener, one of the best things you can do for honeybees and native bees is to plant the things they love and to avoid use of pesticides and fertilizers. Some regulations in your own garden are vital to preventing harmful pesticides, preserving wild habitats and restoring organic farming, but you can also do a lot to save bees in your own garden such as providing plants essential to the habitat of bees in your vicinity. For bees, a variety of plants containing at least some native plant species is important for the survival of bees.
By growing a good mix of flowering plants in your garden you can provide an abundance of nectar and pollen for a variety of bee species. Native bee species vary according to the season, and since they appear in hibernation, beehives should contain plants with attractive flowers in different seasons. Reliable, adaptable and widely available bee-friendly flowering plants include Blue Mist, Spirea, Fernbush, Hyssop, Sunflower, Lavender, Russian Sage and Penstemon.
Plant your kitchen herbs such as rosemary, lavender, thyme, borage, lavender, chives, dill, basil, oregano, rosemary and mint in a vegetable garden and let them bloom while your other plants attract pollinators. Lavender is one of the ten most bee-friendly plants that attract bees to your garden because of its rich nectar that pollinates insects. Add one or more of them to your garden every year and you will start to see more bees and butterflies in your garden.
Although not all food crops depend on native bees, most flowering trees and plants require pollination to plant seeds and ensure their survival. In order to supply the bees with the sugary nectar and protein-rich pollen, we need flowers that bloom throughout the season. As bee colonies are endangered by the excessive use of pesticides, it is important not to plant flowers that bees need most and never to treat them with pesticides.