What if I didn’t need honey bees, but just wanted to give relocated native mason bees a chance to proliferate?
Is that a thing I could do? Would it be a lower labor/maintenance process than keeping honeybees?
I would also love honeybees but health wise I don't think I'm in a place where I could keep up with the demands of it. (The Flow hive looks interesting but I have some questions and reservations about it…)
I do want to provide a safe haven for pollinators though. I plant things to attract other pollinators — let clover and wild thyme take over my lawn, planting some flowers/letting some potted herbs flower for them, that kind of thing. But I would like to do more.
Does anyone here just keep mason bees? How much do you have to do for maintenance? How much do you need to do to protect them?
Sorry if this is a stupid question.