Since they co-evolved together, bees tend to prefer native plants to satisfy their pollen and nectar diets. You can create this type of native bee-friendly garden using California native plants like Manzanita and Ceanothus. These low-maintenance plants will add beauty to your space while also feeding native bees.
1. Always spray miticides or insecticides late in the afternoon or early evening after bees and other beneficial insects have stopped foraging (and also to prevent leaf burn in the heat of the day).
2. Most native bees are solitary ground nesters and will not build nests under thick layers of mulch. Try not to mulch all areas when bare soil.
Bonus: not only do native bees keep our gardens healthy, they don’t sting!