Congratulations on your purchase of the Flow Pollinator House. On behalf of the bees, we’d like to extend a big thank you, for supporting the protection of wild habitat corridors worldwide, and for choosing to provide a cosy home for pollinators in your own backyard.
– Your Pollinator House has been manufactured from a combination of upcycled Western Red Cedar timber offcuts, unused panels and sustainably sourced bamboo.
– Each house is unique, some even contain a Flow logo or handle on the salvage timber panels.
– When you're ready to assemble, we recommend you construct the base and sides of your Pollinator House first.
– Then add the tubes and wooden rods (make sure to clear out any natural bamboo blockages to ensure your garden pollinators can gain easy access).
– Bee Creative add your own unique home renovations—such as dried leaf matter, straw, grass or crumpled cardboard—to your Pollinator House to further diversify it appeal to different species.
– Make sure to give the roof a coat or two of weather-proof paint or timber sealant to keep your Pollinator House dry and cosy throughout the seasons, You may even like to get really creative and paint your Pollinator House to make it a stand out feature in your garden.
To create an attractive home for solitary-nesters, it’s a good idea to put some consideration into where you will locate your Pollinator House.
– Find an area bathed in gentle sunlight (which the solitary bees love) that won’t get too hot in summer and is protected from prevailing winds, tall weeds and other animals.
– Place it one to two meters off the ground to protect it from animals.
– Face it in a north-east direction to catch non-direct sunlight.
– Keep in mind that the position you choose should experience dappled sunlight in the summer and enough sun in winter to warm the house.
– Select a position which is already attracting insects, for example either a garden bed with flowers, a pond or an area with some trees. This will help to encourage vacancies in your Pollinator House to fill up quickly.
– Don’t forget to provide lots of access to plenty of forage and water for your pollinators.
With our harsh Australian climate–strong sun, wind and rain–you may need to consider reapplying a coat or two of paint or outdoor timber sealant to the roof every six months to a year to help your Pollinator House stay dry.
It is important to note, that like all hives, your pollinator house will require maintenance to ensure that it is safe and habitable for your solitary-nesting visitors.
Just as beekeeping practices vary depending on location, so too will the maintenance required for your Pollinator House be dependent on local conditions.
The Bamboo inserts may need to be monitored for pests and to reduce the risk of spreading diseases. It can also be good practice to replace these tubes on occasion to limit the buildup of pathogens and fungus.