Call 855-660-4261 with your lawn & garden questions every Saturday from 8:06am to 10:00am ET. Then listen to Mort answer your questions. Or email anytime at questions@themagicgarden.com
Listen to the weekly archive 24 hours a day 7 days a week on demand.
Keyword Search Results for:
Bees

5 Found

Question: 107-5201
Can I purchase bees for my fruit trees? We are seeing less and less bees each year. Pat, Groton, CT

Mort's Answer:
You can rent bees from apiaries. More and more orchards now insure pollination by renting bees. It would also be wise to plant clover under the trees. This will attract the bees and their sons. Clover also provides nitrogen in the soil for the fruits.

back to top




Question: 940-2013
We have large yellow bees that look like wasps. They made big holes in the ground and in the wood on my deck. What can I use to make them go away? I do not want to kill them. Gary, Norwich,CT

Mort's Answer:
Carpenter bees will make large holes everywhere. Fill the holes with lime. This should dissuade them from building on your site. Put putty in the deck holes. Sometimes that may not be enough. Some organic gardeners use hot pepper sprays to get rid of them. Pyrethrum compounds can be applied in powder or spray. These are organic and emit a vibration that discourages a lot of insects including ticks.

back to top




Question: 182-5201
Can I purchase bees for my fruit trees? We are seeing less and less bees each year. Pat, Groton, CT

Mort's Answer:
You can rent bees from apiaries. More and more orchards now insure pollination by renting bees. It would also be wise to plant clover under the trees. This will attract the bees and their sons. Clover also provides nitrogen in the soil for the fruits.

back to top




Question: 198-5201
I am getting stung by bees in my flower garden. What can I do to prevent this? Delores, Quaker Hill, CT

Mort's Answer:
Apply protection to yourself in a spray or spray the plants. Sevin will kill bees but will also injure the flowers. Sevin can be applied before the flower buds open. Timing is of the essence to avoid the sons of bees.

back to top




Question: 1436-2717
With a third of bees being killed, are there plants I can grow to help them multiply? My property abuts the woods. Bill, Ledyard, CT

Mort's Answer:
Mountain Laurel, your state flower, and other broadleaf evergreens like rhododendron, azaleas and hollies can adorn your property and help create an environment for their attraction. Bee Balm,lilies, milk weed and bell shaped flowers in your gardens can supplement their need to pollinate. Think about adding feeders and baths for the birds. It will make the bees feel at home with their compatriots.

back to top