How do I care for my flowerbeds in the winter?

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I’m starting flowerbeds from scratch. Is there anything I can do in the Winter to make it easier in the Spring ???Also, I am infested with ground bees. Prefer not to use pesticides. Natural remedies?Thank you for your advice. - Norie -

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  • Kathy D Kathy D on Dec 02, 2018

    Bees are being protected! Especially in Hawaii where they are dying off. Here is a good article. WILD BEES ARE DYING AND ECOSYSTEM COLLAPSE WILL FOLLOW—BUT NOBODY’S TAKING NOTICE

    By Aristos Georgiou On Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 10:59 Just copy and paste in google it should show up. Also maybe google how to get rid of yellow jackets if that is what you have safely. And if bumble bees which nest in the ground I actually weeded almost at night or at night with a headlamp on as I had a mom bumble bee coming after me anytime I went near her nest. And really can you blame them. They have more right to be here then we do. Look at the major screw up we have done to this once pristine planet!

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    • DORLIS DORLIS on Dec 04, 2018

      You are so right!

  • Kathy D Kathy D on Dec 02, 2018

    If you just hit the name above it will link you to all the articles written then scroll down and you will find the one on bees.

  • Lizbeth Lizbeth on Dec 02, 2018

    Most places ground bees (miner bees) nest in the spring. While their excavated dirt piles can be unattractive, they usually are temporary and will leave after the spring nesting season. Ground bees are usually not aggressive. The queen typically will not defend the nest; males will swarm about but they can't sting. If you want to discourage them from nesting in a particular spot in your yard, keeping the area bit wet may do it as they prefer to "mine" dry soil.


    Be sure they are bees though. Yellow jackets also nest in the ground. They are *extremely* aggressive and do need to be dealt with (& not with water!)

    • DORLIS DORLIS on Dec 04, 2018

      I accidently dug into a yellow jacket nest when planting bulbs. mighty sting and will chase you. you are right, water only seems to make them more angry. just do not work that area and let them settle down before trying to eliminate the nest. also mark that area so you do not make the same mistake again.

  • 1401470 1401470 on Dec 03, 2018

    I'm going to share my winter tips with you - keep it simple and all natural - very smart!


    https://www.gardenupgreen.com/2018/11/how-to-winterize-the-garden.html