Two pollinators enjoyed by gardeners are not only safe and gentle, but great for the environment.
One type of native bee commonly found in the Northwest is Osmia Lignaria. It is also known as the blue orchard bee (BOB), or orchard mason bee.
These bees pollinate during the spring months of April and May. All our mason bees are now distributed.
The leafcutter bee is related to the mason bee and is equally valued.
These bees pollinate during the summer months of July and August.
Reservations are currently being taken for leafcutter bees.
What about Honey Bees?
Maybe you’ve heard, “The pollination crisis is upon us. Honey bees are not doing well.” It’s a fact. Did you know that you can improve the plight of the pollinators by using your own back yard? We encourage you to consider the ways to ease the crisis and help your own garden.
We started with our own garden and now have bees to share. We built bee house kits for local gardeners who are looking for an alternative to buying, storing and caring for these wonderful pollinators during the off-season. If you are looking for a way to benefit from the pollination work these little guys offer, and really want to limit your time and investment, consider renting. We’ve made it easy, ecomonical, plus, you’ll get the support of the Queen Bee.
Why Rent Orchard Mason Bees? Benefits include:
- Guarantee that your garden and fruit trees will be pollinated.
- No need to shop for bees, nesting box, and protective house. Bees come with a complete kit. No extra purchases required.
- Enjoy the easiest pet you’ll ever have. No grooming, feeding, or pet sitter needed and no clean up.
- Simply hang the bee house in your yard, garden, orchard, or field.
- You harvest the crop they pollinate in your yard.
- At the end of the season, we store the bees over the winter for you.
Are you a local gardener or farmer located in either the Puget Sound area of Washington or the Willamette Valley of Oregon?
Visit the Product and Services page to learn more about the kits we offer.
NEED MORE INFO?
- For current prices and kit descriptions, visit the Product and Services page.
- What do mason bees eat? Check out this list of plants that offer pollen sources for mason bees.
- Interested in pollinating your summer blooms? Try leafcutter bees.
- Have more questions? Contact a local expert.
Bee House Care Instructions
If you are wanting to learn how to take care of your mason bees, read these tips. For leafcutter bees, here are the care instructions. Let us know if you have any questions not covered in this handy little guide.