Siting hives

Asimina76(7)October 7, 2013

Hello. I'm planning to get started with beekeeping this coming year. I have taken a course on the topic, and have several books - so, I'm not totally ignorant. However I have found little on the following topic:

How do you prepare the ground at the site of the hive? I don't want to mow grass next to the hive, potentially upsetting the occupants. I want the area underneath the hive 'clean' enough that I will notice pests and such.

So far, my ideas are:

Create a sort of raised bed with landscaping cloth underneath and marble chips on top, bounded by landscape timbers. This way, I will have a high visibility surface (white marble) that will not require weed control/mowing.

Do you think this is a good plan? What do you do to address this issue?

Thanks for any ideas/suggestions you may have!

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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Not sure about marble...just thinking, eventually filling with dirt and more upkeep, not flat. I have mine on flat alum. sandwich panel for roofing about 6 inches thick, some for free, it's used in commercial buildings.

A sheet of pressure treated plywood works also, you can just lay it down, drive over with the mover to cut all the grass right up to. A pallet or bricks on top where the hive sits on, simple is better, don't go too high, making it harder for getting off heavy boxes for inspection and honey super. You need something easy to walk around, plywood is also nice to keep clean and lay down your boxes when working the hives, make sure the plywood slops a bit away from the hive.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2013 at 11:40PM
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Thanks Konrad, I will take note of your suggestions. How many feet do you think there should be between the edge of the plywood and the hive?

    Bookmark   October 8, 2013 at 2:15PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Guess it depends how much room you have or want to waste, I would think put two hives onto one sheet of plywood.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2013 at 10:52PM
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