We recently purchased, assembled, and painted a Flow Hive 2, and are awaiting a package of bees that should arrive in the next week.
Based on the TheBeekeeper.org videos and threads on this site, we’ve selected a location for the hive that will get maximum sun, including morning sun. Because we live in a very wooded area, we had limited choices.
We have organic and non-gasoline lawn services that come every two - four weeks. The grass trimmers would be working about 6 feet from the front of the hive and not likely to be dressed in white clothing.
So two concerns:
Will the bees feel threatened (and attack) people using a riding mower, and using a trimmer on foot along the hive area? If so, we could convert part of the lawn in front of the hive, so that the trimming would be further away.
Even if the bees don’t feel threatened, the humans might. So if we keep the hive pointed East (towards my wife in the picture), but want a psychological barrier so that people aren’t looking directly at the front of the hive (where there is the most bee activity), we are thinking of two options:
a) Keep the hive pointing East, but put up a low shrub/flower garden (no higher than 3 feet) which would also push the grass trimmers further away. Or:
b) Mitigate the risk by turning the hive NE or N, away from the grass area, and would that be “less ideal” for encouraging the bees to forage in the morning? Morning sun will still fall on the side of the hive. Worth the trade-off?
Please see the following pictures for our proposed location:
The above is a view facing NE, at 9 AM. The sun is coming from behind my wife, and as you see falls directly on the hive location. The front door to our house is about 40’ behind her. You also see the corner of a flower garden that is attached to our house (the house is casting the shadow).
Any advice greatly appreciated. Thanks!