You're correct if you think that trees are frequently overlooked in plant lists for bees. Up until now, more folks seemed to be interested in trees that didn't attract bees.
Planting pollinator patches have become a critical gardening trend as folks are becoming aware of the declining bee population.
What trees do bees like? Below are some great species.
American linden or basswood. A tree with pale-yellow flowers in June trailed by summer nutlets. Thrive over 45 feet tall and up to 35 feet wide.
Southern Magnolia. A spectacular evergreen with white flowers and shiny green leaves with tan undersides. Gets over 30 feet tall and over 20 feet wide.
Chokecherry. A little tree that gets bunches of white flowers from April to May. Flourish over 15 feet tall and 15 feet wide.
Redbud. A tiny flowering tree that's one of the first to blossom in spring with little lavender flowers all along the limbs even before the leaves grow. Develops between 15 to 20 feet tall and over 20 feet wide.
Crabapple. Another small flowering tree with attractive blooms of pink, magenta, and white in early spring then nice-size fruits in summer and fall — flourishes up to 20 feet tall and over 15 feet wide.
Tupelo or Black Gum. A damp-soil-tolerant, medium-sized tree with little green-white flowers in late spring and vivid maroon fall foliage. Females produce blue fruits that birds enjoy. Gets up to 50 feet tall and over 25 feet wide.
Serviceberry. An excellent small April-to-May thriving tree with white flowers followed by blue June fruits that birds adore. Also grows lovely burnt-gold to maroon fall foliage. Gets over 15 feet wide and tall.
Seven-son flower. This one is native to China but appealing to butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds due to its late-summer bloom time (September, when few other trees are Gets close to 18 feet tall and up to 10 feet wide.
If you would like more information on what trees are attracted to bees, get in touch with a Syracuse tree service company. An arborist can let you know what to do to get your pollinator garden.
The woolly bear caterpillar (aka fuzzy and woolly worm) has the reputation of being capable of forecasting the upcoming winter weather. Regardless if this is folklore or fact, learn some insight into the woolly bear caterpillar and how to interpret the worm.
Here’s the tale: The Woolly Bear caterpillar has 13 separate segments of either black or rusty brown. The bigger the rusty brown sections (or, the browner the parts are), the milder the upcoming winter will be. The blacker it is, the harsher the winter.
A woolly bear caterpillar is a form of the tiger moth (Isabella).
This mid-size moth, with yellow-orange and cream-colored wings dotted with black, is familiar from northern Mexico throughout the US and across the southern part of Canada. As moths are concerned, the woolly bear caterpillar isn’t great to look at matched with other types, but its young larva, known as the black-ended and woolly bear is one of the few caterpillars most folks can identify. Woolly bears don’t feel much like wool. They are covered with stiff, short bristles of hair.
Do they forecast the winter?
Between 1948 and 1956, a medical professional, Dr. Curran, counted an average brown-segment ranged between 5.3 to 5.6 from the 13-segment total, signifying that the brown band took up over a third of the woolly bear’s body. The following winters were milder than usual, and Dr. Curran decided that the folklore might be real.
But Curran was under no scientific illusion. He understood that his data samples were minute. Although the tests legitimized folklore to some, they were just a reason to have fun.
Thirty years after Curran’s experiment, the woolly bear brown-segment tally and winter forecasts were revived thanks to the nature museum at Bear Mountain State Park. The annual counts have continued, often by word of mouth.
If the rusty band is full, then it will be a mild winter. The blacker there is, the harsher the winter. If you find any other insect in your tree, ask a knowledgeable tree specialist to check it out for you.
If any fruit trees in your Syracuse neighborhood have swiftly lost the leaves that were starting to grow, the offender is likely to be a tent worm, a common insect found in most corners of the US.
Even though a tent worm may eat about all the leaves on a tree, the damage is hardly permanent. In many instances, trees that have lost their leaves in early spring can grow them back around July, mainly when tent worms have stopped feeding. Healthy trees can last around two or three years of complete defoliation.
That doesn't mean the loss of leaves to these hungry tent worms is safe for a tree. It does diminish its vigor and makes it more susceptible to diseases and pests. Nonetheless, we have seen many fruit trees made bare thanks to tent worms. Then, they recover well and flourish into healthy grown trees.
What Are Tent Worms?
Tent worms are more of a minor nuisance or eyesore instead of a real threat. Though, eliminating a tent worm is sometimes necessary. We can discuss how to stop a tent worm and how to kill it when needed.
When tent worm removal is needed, the egg or nest can typically be picked up by hand.
Egg cases can be seen once leaves drop from trees in autumn. Bigger nests can be gone by pruning them out or wrapping them around a stick.
The best time for tent worm removal is evening or early morning while they’re still probably in the nest. Using different types of parasitic wasps can also help eliminate tent worm. Fabricating a welcoming setting for birds is a great tent worm remedy.
Sometimes eliminating tent worms means killing them. While little infestations can be taken care of by putting the nests into soapy water, insecticides work better for more significant populations. Bacillus thuringiensis is one that is very effective. Since this is a particular insecticide, it kills tent worms only, remaining safe for other wildlife. If you don’t want to take on your tent worms on your own, ask a Syracuse tree care service company for help.
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