The Importance of Bees in Xeriscapes

The news has been dire for a while: Bees are diminishing at an alarming rate, and since they are vital to crops and other plant forms—not to mention they produce sweet, sweet honey—it is important for all of us to care for their environment. This could mean everything from driving less in order to reduce green-house gasses to forgoing use of pesticides in our gardens.

It has been reported that bees are responsible for pollinating 30% of our food crops(1) and without them our food supply would be cut dangerously low. No one needs to spell out the consequences of such dire conditions, but it is worthwhile to think of the lowly little bee as we go about our day.

So the next time you are out in the garden and you hear the familiar buzz of our old friend The Bee, stop and watch him work—remember he’s doing it all that for you. Then, lean in and whisper, “thank you.”


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