Saturday, August 18 is National Honey Bee Day! Many people are concerned about the health of honey bees, and rightly so, as there has been a decline in their populations during the last decade.
This year on National Honey Bee Day, learn how you can protect honey bees by choosing plants for your landscape that bees prefer visiting to collect pollen and by avoiding the use of pesticides that can be toxic to bees.
For specific details about what else you can do, read the article What Can Gardeners do to Help Honey Bees.
Bee Precaution Pesticide Ratings: this database provides guidance on how to reduce bee poisoning when choosing a pesticide.
Bee-Friendly Plants for California: these seasonal plant lists from the UC Berkeley Urban Bee Lab will help you choose plants to attract bees to your landscape year-round.
Protecting Natural Enemies and Pollinators: read this web page to learn how to avoid harming natural enemies and pollinators.