Re: Bees and lawnmowing
- Nancy - Sounds like you are on the edge of a very exciting time - your
first hive! I mulch around my hives (weed fabric under the mulch), and
the mulch goes 3-4 feet in front of the entrances and seems to work
well. Two of my hives are a couple feet off the edge of the lawn and
face toward the cut grass. When I placed them there, I let the lawn
care folks know that they should let me know if it posed any problem.
They have never done so. They come by while I'm out of the house, but I
know that they cut the grass in all sorts of weather. Once in a great
while, I see that they left a wide berth around the hive entrances, so I
figure that the bees were especially active while they were there. Then
the next week, they mow the whole area so things must've settled down a
- Leslie, in Connecticut
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2004 19:48:59 EST
Subject: Bees and lawnmowing
Wheee--my first hive (in pieces) arrived tonight by UPS and I will be
assembling it tomorrow (and painting it some lovely color).
My next newbie question: I have a good site for the hive, about an acre
the house and about 15 feet from a big pond, facing south (the hive's
entrance will face away from the house, toward the pond), with a
windscreen of tall
raspberry canes and cedar trees behind and to the north of it, in the
a couple of acres of raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, and currant, and
apple, peach, and nut trees, a tenth of a mile from an unmowed meadow of
several acres and only a mile or two from a huge local community
local beekeepers have said they ought to be very happy here. I will
order a load
of mulch this weekend to keep the grass from growing up around the
My questions: how do bees react to lawn mowing (this, remember, will be
my own very large back yard)? How large do I need to make the mulched
area--that is, how far away do I need to keep the lawn mower from the
there any particular time of day (or kind of day, weatherwise) when lawn
would be better (or worse)?
The guy who mows our grass is a nice guy and an intrepid and brave young
a policeman and volunteer fireman, but I'm not sure how he'll react to
bees--or they to him. Should I offer him protective clothing to wear
mows that part of the yard?
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I keep a 6 foot radius around my hives mulched. The entire bee yard is planted with Dutch Clover - good side effect, but clover does not grow high, & will push out the grass. I normally only have to take a weed eater into the bee yard every three or four weeks. I try to do so at the peak of the day when most bees are out foraging. This will be my third year of beekeeping, so my experiance level is not great, but I have never had any issues with bees being bothered by my riding mower or the weedeater, even with in a foot or two from the hive. I keep Russian, New World Carniolians and Gray Caucausians. Hope this helps.MartinBowling Green, KY
My questions: how do bees react to lawn mowing (this, remember, will be in my own very large back yard)? How large do I need to make the mulched area--that is, how far away do I need to keep the lawn mower from the hive(s)? Is there any particular time of day (or kind of day, weatherwise) when lawn mowing would be better (or worse)?
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this spring I will be removing 2 colonies of bees from hollow trees
where they have been an issue for the homeowners while mowing. I
have had other reports of non-bee people having similar issues. As
for the brave policeman who is helping you, the least you should do
is insure that he isn't allergic to beestings. Secondly, sure,
provide him a veil and suggest he bring a longsleeved shirt, at least
until you know how the bees will react. Hopefully, you'll have some
I once had a hive that I could mow right up to the hive stand and the
entrance. A few yards a part was another hive that I had to had to
hit the clump of grass next to it with the mower in high gear on my
way out of the area. I think I only got by once without getting
Bees don't hear like we do, but vibrations seem to annoy them. I
think it would be better to err with caution for your friend until
you and he know what to expect.