Re: What is the best Fence around a bee hive
I lived in West Palm Beach for 5 years, and had two hives in a back yard, near a wood fence, with the open planking... Go with the wood, for these reasons:
1) The open type allows air to circulate, wind to come thru the fence. Helps keep the area cooler, less stifling. Still blocks most of the wind, but not all.
2) Metal will retain and radiate heat, so much more than wood. Think how your car feels when you touch it in August as you're gassing up. Do you want that much heat radiating into your yard, esp. where the hives are?
3) The bees will view the open type as a solid barrier, and fly over it, not thru it... At least that's what mine did.
4) Wood might be cheaper, and won't rust. It will fade, but that's ok. Adds to the ambience.
May be other reasons, but that's all I can think of now.
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