Need Bees Removed?
International
Beekeeping Forums
July 26, 2014, 03:51:37 PM *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?

Login with username, password and session length
News: ATTENTION ALL NEW MEMBERS
PLEASE READ THIS OR YOUR ACCOUNT MAY BE DELETED - CLICK HERE
 
   Home   Help Search Calendar bee removal Login Register Chat  

Pages: 1 [2] 3  All   Go Down
  Print  
Author Topic: Mowing the apiary?  (Read 4893 times)
Michael Bach
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 111

Location: Western Massachusetts


« Reply #20 on: May 16, 2010, 08:49:47 PM »

I built a 10' X 10" elevated deck to place my hives on.

No mowing for me.

I like it because I have a sturdy, flat, clean, and dry area to work.  Plus I can monitor easier to see what they are dragging out of the hives.

Pics forthcomming!
Logged
jajtiii
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 62

Location: Varina, Virginia


WWW
« Reply #21 on: May 16, 2010, 11:50:52 PM »

I mulch around my hives.
Logged

greenbtree
Field Bee
***
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 576


Location: Stone City, Iowa


« Reply #22 on: May 17, 2010, 12:19:02 AM »

Check out garage sales and especially estate sales for and old reel mower.  Should be able to pick one up for next to nothing.  Some have wooden handles that might need replacing and probably will need greasing and some TLC if has been sitting for years.  I remember my Dad used one even when the powered ones came out.

JC
Logged

"Rise again, rise again - though your heart it be broken, or life about to end.  No matter what you've lost, be it a home, a love, a friend, like the Mary Ellen Carter rise again!"
bull
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 68

Location: Chanute Ks.


« Reply #23 on: May 17, 2010, 12:27:19 AM »

I saw a new one from sears it was 128.00 frns and not were heavy duty.
real mower that is or reel mover .
Logged
KD4MOJ
Field Bee
***
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 678


Location: Tallahassee, FL 30° 27' 16" N / 84° 20' 48" W

Bees... Motorcycles... amateur radio...


WWW
« Reply #24 on: May 17, 2010, 09:12:24 AM »

I think I probably SHOULD mow it, but I'm curious how I should go about doing that so I don't get popped by an angry hive.

HHmmm I just get on my 42" Bolens mower and mow away. I usually cut to about 3 feet in front of the hives, but with the exception of getting bumped into from a leaving or returning bee, I don't get stung.. Maybe they just like the sound of my mower???

...DOUG
KD4MOJ
Logged
VolunteerK9
Super Bee
*****
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 1647

Location: Southeast Tennessee

Gamecock fan in UT land.


« Reply #25 on: May 17, 2010, 11:17:18 AM »

I just put on a sweat shirt with a veil this weekend for some bushhogging around the hives. 90 degree weather and a sweat shirt was awesome; lost a little weight and got the grass cut.  I can handle the body hits but the stings in the face smarts. Im ugly enough without swollen eyes,lips, etc.
Logged
AllenF
Galactic Bee
******
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 8104

Location: Hiram, Georgia


« Reply #26 on: May 17, 2010, 11:26:29 AM »

Salvage some old carpet.   Lay it under your hives with your blocks on top of the carpet.  No mowing required.   Bigger the piece, less weeds to get in the way of the hives.
Logged
Titus
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 59


Location: Shelbyville, KY


« Reply #27 on: May 17, 2010, 12:50:37 PM »

Go full throttle and close your eyes shocked   Ditto the advice on pointing chute away from bees.  Mixed that up once, they chased and stung me.  Mowing around the hives is the most eventful and exciting part of mowing the lawn grin
Logged
podius
New Bee
*
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 38

Location: Spooner, WI


« Reply #28 on: May 17, 2010, 01:12:40 PM »

I don't mow, I have top entrances, and I killed the grass and planted clover in its place. It works for me, mowing takes time away from other things I could be doing.
Logged

John VT
Spooner, WI(Northwest WI-up in the nose)
equipment---All medium 10 frame boxes, top entrance's, no foundation frames and mann lake pf 120's (7 hives)
HomeBru
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 137

Location: Chesterton, IN


WWW
« Reply #29 on: May 17, 2010, 03:18:55 PM »

Where do you get one of those reel mowers?  That sounds like a great idea!


Go to Lee Valley tools www.leevalley.com and look at their reel mower. It's a bit more expensive than what you'll find on Amazon, but they also have the sharpening tools.

J-
Logged
Irwin
Super Bee
*****
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 2343


Location: Lakeside OR

howdy all


« Reply #30 on: June 06, 2010, 12:53:15 PM »


Lawn.wmv




Next video will be weed eating around it grin


Logged

Fight organized crime!  Re-elect no one.
JP
The Swarm King
Universal Bee
*******
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 11668


Location: Metairie, Louisiana

I like doing cut-outs, but I love catching swarms!


WWW
« Reply #31 on: June 06, 2010, 01:23:40 PM »

Good luck with the weed eating.

Now go and mow in a beeyard with a bunch of hives, say at least 20 stacked in a row, and video that for our viewing pleasure Irwin. Just make sure you bring an Epi pen with you, ok?  grin


...JP
Logged

"Good friends are as sweet as honey" Winne the Pooh

My pictures can be viewed at http://picasaweb.google.com/pyxicephalus
and
http://picasaweb.google.com/112138792165178452970

My Youtube videos can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=JPthebeeman&aq=f

My website JPthebeeman.com http://www.jpthebeeman.com/jpthebeeman/
Irwin
Super Bee
*****
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 2343


Location: Lakeside OR

howdy all


« Reply #32 on: June 15, 2010, 10:15:32 AM »

Weedeating around the hive. You will see me shake my hand one time that's because it had some dog poop on it when you hit a pile it go's every where grin


weedeating around bee hive
Logged

Fight organized crime!  Re-elect no one.
harvey
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 493

Location: Lapeer Michigan


« Reply #33 on: June 15, 2010, 10:43:02 AM »

I just mowed around seven hives last night, I have a bright orange simplicity with a 54 inch cut,  Maybe they like the orange?  They don't bother me at all. 
Logged
JP
The Swarm King
Universal Bee
*******
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 11668


Location: Metairie, Louisiana

I like doing cut-outs, but I love catching swarms!


WWW
« Reply #34 on: June 15, 2010, 10:45:14 AM »

Irwin, come on over and mow and weed eat around my bee yard in nine mile point. I have around forty hives there. After that for more fun we can go to my buddy Bailey's bee yards. You don't even need to bring your camera, I'll film.  grin


...JP
Logged

"Good friends are as sweet as honey" Winne the Pooh

My pictures can be viewed at http://picasaweb.google.com/pyxicephalus
and
http://picasaweb.google.com/112138792165178452970

My Youtube videos can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=JPthebeeman&aq=f

My website JPthebeeman.com http://www.jpthebeeman.com/jpthebeeman/
greenbtree
Field Bee
***
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 576


Location: Stone City, Iowa


« Reply #35 on: June 15, 2010, 12:43:50 PM »

Check out estate sales or auctions for reel mowers.  Sometimes they have one that has been hanging around in Dad's garage for years, and you can pick them up for next to nothing.  They just might need cleaning up and re greasing and possibly a sharpening.

JC
Logged

"Rise again, rise again - though your heart it be broken, or life about to end.  No matter what you've lost, be it a home, a love, a friend, like the Mary Ellen Carter rise again!"
Scadsobees
Galactic Bee
******
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 3198


Location: Jenison, MI

Best use of smileys in a post award.


« Reply #36 on: June 15, 2010, 01:12:08 PM »

Weedeating around the hive. You will see me shake my hand one time that's because it had some dog poop on it when you hit a pile it go's every where grin


So when Irwin's around, you can say that the sh7.. is always hitting the fan!! grin

It helps when the hive is up a bit.  The bees really get TO'd when you start throwing grass in the entrance or whack the entrance a few times with the string.  Did that the other day and they started pouring out like they saw a bear...I watched from a safe distance and didn't bother them for a day or sow.  Other than that my bees could care less about a mower or weedwhacker.
Logged

Rick
annette
Galactic Bee
******
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 5311


Location: Placerville, California


« Reply #37 on: June 15, 2010, 11:04:07 PM »

So far I can honestly say that they do not care about the mowing or weedeating.  My friend, who did the weedeating for me last week threw so much dirt up onto the hives that the bees came out and covered the front of the hive, but never, never went after my friend or me. Not one head butt. I am actually amazed by this.

I get onto the riding lawnmower and go back and forth in front of them and nothing happens, ever. 

Anyway perhaps one day that can change, but so far since 2006 it has been like this.
Logged
JP
The Swarm King
Universal Bee
*******
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 11668


Location: Metairie, Louisiana

I like doing cut-outs, but I love catching swarms!


WWW
« Reply #38 on: June 15, 2010, 11:13:14 PM »

Ok, thanks to this thread, I am going to make a video of me mowing in front of my hives at one of my bee yards. I have to do it soon anyway because my buddy said his father n law has been taking stings on his hands. Father n law is the one that usually mows. I gave him a hat and veil that he wears but sometimes the bees get a lil angry.

Will do it soon.


...JP
Logged

"Good friends are as sweet as honey" Winne the Pooh

My pictures can be viewed at http://picasaweb.google.com/pyxicephalus
and
http://picasaweb.google.com/112138792165178452970

My Youtube videos can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=JPthebeeman&aq=f

My website JPthebeeman.com http://www.jpthebeeman.com/jpthebeeman/
roger33
New Bee
*
Offline Offline

Posts: 3

Location: Hopelessly Lost


« Reply #39 on: June 16, 2010, 02:36:03 AM »

I get the same reaction from my bees as Irwin does from his. They don't seem to be bothered by my mower at all. I use a mulching mower so it doesn't throw clippings everywhere. Once though, it did toss several blades of grass at the entrance. The bees went back in then came out after the grass stopped hitting them. Another time I wasn't paying attention and bumped the hive with the mower. I thought my luck was going to run out with that one. They never seemed to notice. But, I didn't stick around very long either. I only have 2 hives so I'm sure that makes a difference. Thanks for the videos Irwin.
Logged
Pages: 1 [2] 3  All   Go Up
  Print  
 
Jump to:  

Beemaster's Beekeeping Ring
Previous | Home | Join | Random | Next
Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.19 | SMF © 2013, Simple Machines | Sitemap Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!
Page created in 0.794 seconds with 22 queries.

Google visited last this page April 26, 2014, 01:13:47 PM