Swingle Lawn, Tree and Landscape Care Helps Save Bee Colony
A Swingle tree crew worked methodically to help relocate a bee colony that lived in a rotten cottonwood tree for the better part of 14 years. The rotted tree was scheduled to be removed as part of a project to reroute a small canal underground. During inspection, a Swingle crew member noticed the hive and turned their focus to protecting the colony. Swingle then contacted a local bee keeper to assist in the relocation of the hive. With the help of Horticulturalist Bobbi Storrs of Pinehurst Country Club, the colony was relocated to the Country Club grounds in Southwest Denver.
This is the second 30,000+ bee colony Swingle has helped relocate in a two-week period. “We recognize that bees are critical to our environment, because they are the primary pollinator of our ecosystem”, said Swingle President John Gibson. The reproduction of all trees, plants, and cultivated crops depend on the work that bees perform. Flowering plants and bees have co-evolved for millions of years and developed a mutualistic relationship. Bees use the pollen they collect flying flower to flower to make food, while flowering plants depend on bees to pollinate other plants at long distances.
Whenever Swingle has the opportunity to help preserve these important insects we do!