I will be getting started with my first bees in the spring. A family member has graciously offered up her property for the apiary location. The place has a lot going for it - lots of diverse local forage, water nearby, no ordinances restricting beekeeping. She already has a bee tree at the back of the yard and likes the idea of more bees around to pollinate her flowers and blueberry bushes. I pretty much can put the bees wherever I want on the property but I would like to minimize the impact of the bees to her taking care of her place. So I would like to pick a good location for the bees but not have them interfere with her mowing her lawn on a tractor mostly (no driving directly in front of the hives).
Everything to the East and South is wooded. My initial thought is to place them about 10 feet into the woods on the South side, sort of catty-cornered from the bee tree. The woods are pretty thin right there and there is easy access to the spot. My concern about that location are that they will only get full sun for about 5 hours a day. She has also mentioned that behind the garage, facing East would be okay, but I'm concerned she will have bees buzzing her a lot when she mows in front of the hives. She is NOT afraid of the bees... I just want to minimize any potential problems up front so everyone's happy.
I would like to pick a spot soon so I can get back there and do any leveling/site preparation/clearing I need to do before winter sets in too much.
Thanks for your help!