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Safety and Sustainable Practices for Your Lawn and Garden

Sustainable Practices

Grass-stained feet, screen doors left open at twilight, fireflies drifting through the velvet darkness – we all have childhood memories of summertime. And now that you’re a parent with your own house, you want to give those memories to your children, too. Your lawn is an important feature of your property, and if it’s patched with dirt, you’re missing out on barbecue parties, eating out of your own garden, and watching your kids and dogs scamper through sprinklers. So, follow some of these tips to make sure that your lawn is safe once school’s out and warm weather arrives.

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Freezing Honey – Get the Facts

Freezing Honey

Honey storage is an important part of beekeeping. Both beekeepers and consumers of honey should know how to store honey without diminishing its qualities. Freezing honey is one of the available methods for storing honey. It preserves the nutritional and antimicrobial properties of honey. Improper storage of honey may result in loss of the honey’s flavor, texture and nutritional value.

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How to Treat Wax Moths in Beehives

Wax Moths in Beehives - Greater Wax Moth

Honeybee colonies face a great number of threats in their beehives. The wax moth is one of the many pests that can cause damage to bee colonies. There are two types of wax moths: the lesser wax moth and the greater wax moth. Both have similar methods of causing trouble in a beehive. The greater wax moth is more prevalent in beekeeping regions, and causes more damage than the lesser wax moth. In this article we will discuss how to treat wax moths in beehives, but first, let us take a look at the wax moth itself.

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The Ultimate Guide for Using Essential Oils with Honeybees

Using Essential Oils with Honeybees

Essential oils are concentrated hydrophobic liquids. They have different aromatic compounds and are extracted from plants. Using essential oils in beekeeping helps beekeepers avoid applying chemicals and contaminants in their beehives. Using essential oils with honeybees is safe. The oils easily evaporate at normal temperatures, leaving no traces behind in beehive products. Make sure to get your essential oils from reliable sources. You should also have the proper equipment for use with essential oils for honeybee colonies. The equipment must be kept clean at all times.

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Preparing your Yard for Beekeeping

Bees are an important part of the ecosystem; they pollinate 80% of of the world's plants. That means bees are to thank for a lot of the food we eat! From fresh honey to plant pollination, not to mention a fun, new hobby, there are tons of reasons to begin a beekeeping endeavor of your own. To get started, you'll first need to prepare an outdoor space, which is surprisingly easy to do.

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How to Build a Homemade Hive Stand

How to Build a Homemade Hive Stand

Bees have always set their home above the ground, and it is not to stay out of reach from humans, though that may seem like one of the reasons. There are many advantages associated with staying away from the ground, and that is the intuition that drives bees to establish their colonies in crevices that are well secluded from invaders. The hive stand is a beekeeping equipment that plays a crucial role for any beekeeper. In this DIY guide we'll take a look at how to build a homemade hive stand.

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An Introduction to Mason Jar Beekeeping

Mason Jar Beekeeping

As its name suggests, Mason jar beekeeping refers to keeping bees in Mason jars. The Mason jars are fitted into the ordinary hive, where in this case the bees will utilize the Mason jars when making combs and honey instead of (or in addition to) using hive frames. Once the honey jars are filled with honey, they are taken out of the hive. The bees might take some time to figure out the use of the jars. However, once they get things right, it becomes so much easier for the bees to build their combs inside the Mason jars.

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Varomorus Propane Insect Fogger Review

Varomorus Propane Insect Fogger

Beekeepers using foggers to apply oxalic acid in their beehives want the best in Varroa mite control. They want good equipment that meets varying specifications depending on individual beekeepers. The Varomorus Propane Insect Fogger promises an effective system for professional control of Varroa mites. It comes from a company with a number of products for beekeeping. Let's check it out and see if it lives up to its promises.

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