When designing the landscape, our focus was to provide resources for pollinators of all kinds. The lack of flowers on the golf course forces pollinators to branch out to other locations to secure alternative nectar sources. To keep them closer to home, we supplied them with a diverse range of flowering species that would bloom throughout the summer months. It is key to always have blooming species to avoid a nectar shortage known as “nectar dearth.” In Pennsylvania, nectar dearth usually occurs between July and August.
To encourage bird and pollinating species to inhabit our sanctuary, we plan to introduce mason beehives, bat boxes, hummingbird feeders, bird boxes, butterfly boxes and honey beehives. By introducing an array of plant species and wildlife nesting sites, we hope that we can use this site as an educational tool to discuss the interactive complexity of Mother Nature.
Safety was our main priority when we were establishing the apiary boundaries. We selected the backside of hole #12 because it is secluded from the rest of the course. Tucked into the woodline behind the irrigation pond, the location offers a buffered area to keep honey bees away from golfers. Shown in the diagram below, there are two non-electric “Safety Gate” entrances, as well as a peach-colored electrified fence border. The electrified fence is crucial to our apiary to guard it against any unwanted pests. Rest assured, the fence will be off during the daylight and on during the night hours. Appropriate signage has been incorporated into the design to ensure that visitors are aware of both the electric fence and the presence of bees.