After reading some of the honeybee forum it seems most get their honeybees thru swarm traps, a nuc from local beekeeper or ordering online. But what about mason bees? I'm hoping its something simple like " if you built they will come". But I'm guessing it's not.
If there are mason bees in your vicinity, then they may colonize the nesting tubes you provide. You can actually buy attractant to lure mason bees.
Otherwise, you can buy cocoons in garden stores or online; or try and get a few cocoons from somebody that already has bees. Since they multiply every year, folks usually have more cocoons than they need.
Miles nothing blooming in CT. It's still winter here or so it seems. I have a small garden that will be expanding and I'm bringing in lots of fruit and nut trees. I'm interested in getting the bees to take permanent residence in my yard. I think I'm going to try the attractant approach that Patrick suggested. The hives seem easy enough to build. Thanks all
Location: Seattle, WA, USA
posted 5 years ago
There are lots more wild bees than just the commonly known Mason Bee and Leaf Cutter bee. Thousands of different species in fact. So if you are just interested in maximizing pollination, your best bet is to plant a variety of pollinator attracting plants and make sure there is habitat (soil that is not disturbed, dead plants and trees).