Keeping area around hive clean
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  1. #1
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    Default Keeping area around hive clean

    I am a new beekeeper and my hives are in our pasture by our house. Is there any way to keep the area around the hive clean and grass free without having to mow? And how large of an area around the hives need to be clean in order to keep the bees happy? Thanks for any advice!

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  3. #2
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    Default Re: Keeping area around hive clean

    Free wood chips ?
    4" deep to prevent weeds. Add more for bigger area.

    Also, I have no clue if this is bad for bees.
    I'm just a newb.

  4. #3
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    Default Re: Keeping area around hive clean

    I mow real short or spray with R-up and roll out some old used carpet to keep the grass & weeds down. I don't think it bothers the bees much until it gets tall enough to block the flight pattern.

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    Default Re: Keeping area around hive clean

    just spray roundup right in front so grass and weeds don't block the entrance or an asphalt shingle or two will stop vegetation.

  6. #5
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    Default Re: Keeping area around hive clean

    I don't know if I'd use round up in front of the hives...

  7. #6
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    Default Re: Keeping area around hive clean

    Quote Originally Posted by Hive Onthehill View Post
    I don't know if I'd use round up in front of the hives...
    Why? It is harmless to bees, in fact livestock can eat plants sprayed with it after it dries.

  8. #7
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    Default Re: Keeping area around hive clean

    I have laid weed barrier fabric and laid it over with 1' square cement pavers. It's a semi-permanent fix. Kind of expensive though, if you have more than a few hives.

  9. #8
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    Default Re: Keeping area around hive clean

    Same here. I put river stones (that I had plenty) on weed barrier fabric. I only have two hives though.

  10. #9
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    Default Re: Keeping area around hive clean

    How about cardboard? I'm going to give that a try as I have a bunch of large boxes. I have used a vinegar/salt/dishwashing detergent combo in the past which kept the weeds down but needed reapplication after a month.

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    Default Re: Keeping area around hive clean

    I have read in a few different articles that the main ingredient is a potential cause of ccd..(referring to roundup). I'm certainly not an expert on this in the least but I myself would try to find a more natural method of keeping the weeds down in apiary. If I'm wrong about this I apologize.

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    Default Re: Keeping area around hive clean

    Glyphosate
    The more I learn about bees, the less I know.

  13. #12
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    Default Re: Keeping area around hive clean

    I have my hives set on poly air conditioner pads ... 36 x 36 with 12 - 8 x 16 x 4 solid cement blocks on each, then the hives sit on the cement blocks. I take a ratchet strap over the hive and under each side of the poly pad to keep hives secured from varmints ...so far it has worked really well at keeping weeds away from the hives.

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