I would like to start keeping bees and have a question that should probably be answered before I get started. I live on six acres of land one of three homes on about twenty acres. On my property I have a tree lined stream, a koi pond, apple tress, willows, lilac bushes, grape vines (just four) and two blackberry bushes. Across the street from my property there is a field of about twenty acres that is kept as a nature preserve and we are surrounded by corn fields on even years and soybeans on odd years.
My neighbor is very meticulous with his yard and does use quite a bit of fertilizer and dandelion killer on his yard. I do not use any chemicals at all on my property. I have a location where I would like to put my hive which is a concrete pad where a large polebarn once stood. It is roughly 20x40 and sits about twenty feet from the property line of this neighbor.
Now I’ve seen plenty of bees in my yard over the years so I’m wondering given these conditions could I successfully maintain a hive? Will this chemical use be a concern for my hive?