Don't kill dandelions

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    When I lived in AZ, Africanized bees were a real problem. Over several years, I had swarms removed 3-4 times. They haven't gotten as far north as I am now.

    Keep your racist garbage to yourself and educate yourself. YOU are a primate.


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    We've got wild blueberries too. It's hard to believe how really good they are.


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    Make sure there is lots of clover in your yard. Weed and feed is killing the bees.
     
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    I love bees as long as they don't sting me.
    I have other things to say, but not here.
     
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    Up above, I posted that I just don't get why people drench their homes, inside and out, with poison. I also don't understand why people slave over their poisoned yard that they can't eat and where shouldn't let their kids and pets.

    We've already done enormous damage to our crops, wildlife and children and its going to get worse.
     
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    I guess it depends a lot on your interpretation of what "poisoned" is. Some of the stuff breaks down more readily than others. I overseed my yard at least once a year but never put down weed and feed. I like having a variety of grasses because nothing does well 365 days a year so whenever something is dying back, something else is starting to kick in. My way the yard stays green enough all year. If it weren't, it would quickly become a mud hole as parts of it are very high traffic and when the grass is gone, it is very difficult to get it restarted in those areas.

    As for bees, sometimes I have to break out the bee killer. Yellow jackets and a person in my home who is allergic to bees do not mix, so if they nest near a door or some place the human frequents, the bees die. I also kill them if they nest in the ground anywhere near the house for that reason as well. Most bees I leave alone, but yellow jackets get aggressive enough that I have to be proactive with them specifically.
     
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    Yellow jackets are wasps, not bees. They mainly eat other insects and don't really pollinate much, because they don't have the fuzzy legs and bodies that carry pollen from one plant to another via bees. Bees only sting rarely, when stepped on or otherwise threatened. Bees die after they sting you. Wasps will sting you for the fun of it. Repeatedly! Definitely exterminate wasps.

    Please try to avoid killing bees - they are generally very low threat and super beneficial for your yard and the world.

    Here's a great resource to help you tell which is which :

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    Here's a funny:

    (Biggest identification tip is the fuzziness - bees are fuzzy, wasps are not.)[​IMG]
     
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    Bees used to be a constant humming around in the summer, NOW? I haven't seen a one for years. Also, maybe off topic, but same thing about earthworms, as well. They also seem to be disappearing. Like the winter is slowly getting shorter and shorter...
     

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