Bare soil

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Bare soil
« on: August 22, 2018, 12:37 »
I read that a patch of bare soil is good for bees to nest it.  How do you keep soil bare without grass etc growing?
  In my new allotment I have to keep the path free of weeds so a great opportunity.
I have seen bmx paths like this with loads of bee and wasp tunnels but not a practical solution for me.

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Re: Bare soil
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2018, 17:38 »
I'd have thought that the only way to keep bare soil free of growth is to hoe it / use a small fork or trowel to weed.

You don't want to put covering down, I assume, as that would defeat the purpose, but equally wouldn't want to use any chemicals that might affect the bees.

But I would just observe a note of caution: do you want to risk bee stings if you keep walking on the entrances to the nests; and/or are you likely to get bees nesting at all if it's a relatively high traffic area for your feet?  Have you done the research that confirms that you are likely to get bees nesting there?
I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days all attack me at once...

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Re: Bare soil
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2018, 17:57 »
Sorry I should have said that I am talking about solitary bees which almost never sting people.

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Re: Bare soil
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2018, 18:24 »
Ah OK, that's one fewer thing to worry about then!



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