Lazer Creek Apiary
Lazer Creek Apiary operates from two locations, our home in South Carolina and our farm and future home in Georgia.
Most of our carpentry and hive construction work takes place in South Carolina, while the bees travel to whichever location has the most
resources available at any given time.
We have contacts in the bee-keeping community at both locations and will be happy to refer you to a reputable apiarist if we are unable to
get to your location when you need help.
Tips for new bee-keepers
We made most of the mistakes that new beekeepers make in the first year in our first couple of months. We learned about
robbing, wax moths, and hive beetles the hard way and at quite some expense. Before you buy a hive, check for classes
at a local beekeeper association. If there is not one close to you, educate yourself. Here are some resouces we have found helpful:
How you can help bees
According to Georgia Grown, honey bees are the top pollinator of agricultural crops in the United States, and their pollination accounts
for over 30 percent of the fruits and vegetables grown in Georgia. Loss of habitat, disease, and elimination of wild flowers has contributed to
a severe decrease in the numbers of bees world wide.
One simple way to help bees and the environment is to minimize the use of herbicides in your lawn. Not only does clover provide nectar for
bees, it puts nitrogen into the soil, which helps your lawn stay healthy. We have a sloped front yard, and the introduction of clover with its deep
roots has helped control erosion better than any of the different types of grass we have tried over the years.
Another way is to aim for year-round color in your garden. Yes, there are times when our garden looks as dead as anyone else's, but we do have
a long bloom season. We also dead-head the plants that are popular with bees to extend the bloom time. Check out Pollinator Stewardship Council for
more ideas on how you can help protect bees and other pollinators.
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