Hi all. Great forum, hope you don't mind a total beginner occasionally chiming in with silly questions! I may soon be acquiring a top bar hive, and am wanting to explore beekeeping in a hobby-capacity. Until I observe and study more, I don't feel comfortable yet with installing the bees myself, so have been reading up on trying to lure them with lemongrass oil. Am hoping to take a beginner beekeeping class and install a colony next yr. Do you think this would be a good way to ease into beekeeping? I have a large yard, and have a spot that I think would be ideal.. it is near fruit trees and my herb garden. I still need to get some bee gear, and for that matter the hive isn't in my possession yet, but should be in a couple of weeks! I'm concerned about my family dog nosing about.. and can't seem to find much on family pets and bees, just predator animals. Anyhow, glad I found the forum and sure I will learn lots just from reading your prior posts!