Once April and May come around, the effects of the winter and early season rains begin to take hold. Wildflowers, and weeds, sprout up everywhere, sometimes completely engulfing beehives! What is the difference between a wildflower and a weed? Society’s judgment, that is all. From the bees’ perspective it is all the same. Flowering weeds are equally as attractive to bees as any wildflower. Often certain flowers that our society considers weeds, such as dandelion and mustard, are especially rich sources of highly nutritious pollen to honeybees.
Whatever you choose to call these flowering plants, the idea of cutting them down can be downright painful to a conscientious beekeeper. No beekeeper wants to remove beneficial pollen sources from their bees – especially when the food is right outside their front door!
Even though our company has the words “Wildflower Meadows” for its name, sometimes things get too out of control, even for us. Although foraging bees can make their way back home through the maze of stalks and flowers that obstruct their entrances, life is obviously easier for the bees if they have a clear pathway in and out. At some point, honeybees need a break from the blocking foliage surrounding them, and it makes sense for us to give them a hand and break out the weed trimmer.