MASON BEES IMPROVE GARDEN & FRUIT PRODUCTION
Many individuals, including orchardists, farmers, and home gardeners, are turning to the Blue Orchard Mason Bees to pollinate their fruit trees, crops, and gardens to improve production. Honeybees here in the U.S. and in other parts of the world have been affected by a condition known as colony collapse disorder. This has caused a steep decline in the number of both managed and wild honeybee colonies. Pollination and production of many crops has suffered due to this serious problem. Home gardens have been affected too. The Mason bee has become an excellent substitute for honeybees because they are very efficient pollinators, and require little care once they become established by a garden or near a crop.
Some characteristics of Blue Orchard Mason Bees are:
-they are solitary bees that do not live in a hive.
-Mason bees do not make honey.
-Mason bees make individual nests in small cavities in trees, wood, and many other surfaces, using mud. They will become established in a habitat when they have proper nesting sites.
-they tend not to sting since they do not belong to a hive or have a queen to protect. They are generally docile by nature.
-Mason bees are excellent pollinators. They are up to 120 times more effective at pollinating than honey or bumble bees. They carry more pollen and transfer it to more flowers.
-Mason bees first appear in early March to mid-April, and are active until late June or early July. An ideal time for pollinating most fruits, berries, and many garden vegetables.
Those of you with an interest in developing a healthy population of Mason bees in your landscape should visit Burns Feed Store. We carry Mason bee supplies, starter kits, nest sites, management guides, and Mason bee cocoons with live larvae. Investing in the development of a Mason bee habitat will help you have healthier, more productive gardens and fruit trees. Burns Feed Store has the right supplies and information to help you establish a productive population of these increasingly important pollinators.