First Home Facts

How To Attract Buyers And Honeybees To Your Home's Yard

If you recently listed your home for sale, you can increase the curb appeal instantly simply by updating the landscaping of the front yard. One trendy landscaping theme is to make your yard more appealing to honeybees, whose numbers may be in peril. Here are 5 ways you can attract bees to your front yard, and hopefully a potential new buyer as well.

1.Use Lots Of Color. Your yard will look more colorful and inviting with lots of gorgeous blooms. Plus, honeybees will be grateful for their pollen and nectar contribution. Plant both annuals and perennials that will last from spring to fall, so potential new owners can enjoy the flower show for the majority of the year. Make sure the flowers have differing heights and shapes to add an extra dimension.  For example, petunias look gorgeous massed along the ground in front of taller columbines.

2.Go Native.  To increase the likelihood of luring pollinating guests, consider planting things that are native to your area. Found at local nurseries, native plants are perfectly suited for the growing conditions in your region. Honeybees and other pollinators are familiar with native plants, and will readily visit your yard as they work. Plus, native plants require less irrigation and care, something new owners will appreciate after they move in.

3.Plant With A Purpose. As you plant blooming annuals, perennials and natives, make sure they are placed in clusters or groups rather than just one or two plants. By grouping them together, they become more visible to honeybees. Also, bees use less energy as they fly from flower to flower when grouped together rather than far apart. This helps them in their quest to find nectar and pollen.

4.Double-Duty Perennials. As long as perennials are blooming in your yard, let them keep working when the season is over and winter has arrived. You can do this by allowing the dried stems and flowers to remain standing in their beds instead of tearing them out. This only applies to perennials that are not overgrown and have taken over other parts of your landscaping. Leaving perennials to overwinter provide food and shelter for many pollinators.

5.Avoid Pesticides. You're trying to entice pollinators to your yard, not kill them.  Ruthlessly spraying poison around the yard will indeed get rid of bugs, but bees can be hurt in the process. Research some bee-friendly ways of getting rid of unwanted insects and other garden pests to keep the yard looking beautiful for new buyers.

By improving the landscaping of your yard to look better from the curb, you can attract potential buyers.  Planting more colorful blooms and native plants and not using pesticides give honeybees the opportunity to pollinate your yard as well.