Re: Lawn maintanence around hive?
I put pond liner 45 mil epdm under my hive stand. If I go to the pipe stand, I will still do this. I planted wildflowers in front of the hives last year, and try to keep mowing to a minimum. I find a suit a big plus if they are testy. Last year's hive staged a concerted attack when I got within 8 feet.
Bad news about pond liner, fire ants like to get under it. Warm and dry. Hence, my nematodes. I don't like fire ants anymore than the bees do.
Time to be a gypsy again, 2014 will be my prep year, my bees want a better area with actual rainfall.