Mar 1, 2013

DIY Friday.....Mason Bee House

This year I am putting up Mason Bee homes...they are simple to make & a great way to use &  recycle some natural materials....But the best thing about it... they attract these little solitary bees who are good for the garden...Not only good but very essential...they pollinate the fruits & vegetables which helps boost the productivity of your crops.......

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You can make some really cute places.... Just follow some simple rules to attract these guys..

Some can be a very Zen place to reside....

Just get a small untreated wood block or cord wood  around 4″x6″x20″ should be just right for your first home. Next drill a grid of small 5/16″ holes in the block approximately 3/4″ apart & between 4″ to 5″ deep....You can also bundle reeds together as shown here....

Some can be very rustic looking or very decorative.....If you have woodpeckers in the area just put some chicken wire over the  holes to deter them....

Add a small roof or  protection from rain just so the holes do not remain waterlogged but dry pretty quickly so the bees will start building......then find a sunny spot in your yard or garden to attach it...You want to make sure it is stabilized as the bees won't use it if it moves...  

 
 Remember to keep the holes a small size as recommended....
One source said they won't use extra large holes to nest in...

I have provided some links below that show you how to build them as well as information on the Mason Bee...
So help out our little fellow gardeners & provide a place for them to nest ...The returns you & your garden receive from from their presence will be worth this small effort...

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Have a great weekend!!

3 comments:

laoi gaul~williams said...

we have two bee homes in our garden and plan on putting in more this year...as well as bat boxes and feeding points for butterflies. although we do plant a lot of insect friendly native plants in our garden :)

Libellula Jewelry said...

Thanks so much for the links. I've been wanting to build one!

Gayle said...

I have always had to buy my Mason bees, although I do get leaf cutters to set up in my blocks...not sure that's what I had in mind....:) :(.

I will be interested in hearing if you get any Masons just by chance.

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