Locating a mason bee house

Asked September 24, 2018, 6:50 PM EDT

I have a homemade mason bee "house". I need to put it my garden area. But, where do I put it, facing in what direction and how high?

Polk County Oregon bee health

1 Response

The block won't need to go out until March. The blocks should ideally be 3-5 feet from the ground. They should also be facing south, east, or somewhere in between, because these directions allow early morning sun to warm up nests and bees so they can get an early start on their day and be more productive. OSU has a great publication on mason bee culture, if you need more tips:
https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/sites/catalog/files/project/pdf/em9130_0.pdf