Mow Your Bee Yard Without getting stung NO ANGRY HONEY BEES no bee suit

how many times have you wanted to mow
your bee yard and how many times have you regretted having to put on all that
safety gear and how many times have you been stung while you’re doing it you
have to mow right in front of these landing boards well today I’m going to
show you a method so you can mow nice and close right in front of your landing
boards and your honeybees won’t even care this is a busy time of day the bees
are coming and going they’re foraging they’ve got lots of nectar some of them
are bearding on the front and we have to mow look at this a brushless 20 inch
Electric 40 volt lithium reowww be lower this thing doesn’t throw grass on them
it has LED headlights cuz you need those when it gets dark and you’re still
mowing and it’s battery-powered look at that you got a 40 volt battery and
there’s a space for a spare battery right next to it so let’s demonstrate it
there’s also a single handle here that just the height of all four tires from
inch and a half to four inches in cutting height this thing is pretty cool
it’s lightweight it has a 20 inch width cut and it cuts close to the sides like
you just push the button pull the safety lever down and it’s running and then we
can walk right in front of those beehives because there’s no exhaust
puffing at them this thing doesn’t vibrate it doesn’t
shake the ground normally I’d be going by here with a 1400 pound tractor but
not today look at that they don’t even care that
I’m there the guard bees is let me mow right by and it cuts clean and look how
it’s all the grasses by the way the way this electric motor works if it hits
tougher grass taller grass it ramps up on its own you don’t even have to do
anything and if the grass is nice and short and thin it runs at a lower speed
and a lower power rating you’re gonna get about 45 minutes of mowing time I
don’t suppose more plus you get your cardio out of the way you don’t annoy
the beads and you can probably have some ice cream later if you burn enough and
look at this you have mulch to throw underneath your trees that’s just a one
hand removal there and give it a toss and you’ve got a mulch pile clip it
right back on push the button pull the safety lever
down and you’re back to mowing this is a game changer for me I think
the most I’ve ever been stung in my bee yard was when I was trimming around my
hive stance I got six things to my hand and one afternoon doing that so this
saenggakhae camo right behind him remember it’s only 20 inches why they
make bigger ones I’m gonna give you a link to this one down in the video
description if you’re interested they’re not that expensive technically this
mower is solar-powered since my house is solar-powered everything I plug in is
also so this is clean energy like I said it’s not vibrating bees hate vibration
it’s not puffing its exhaust at the beehives which my tractor normally does
and it’s not hot and there’s no oil to worry about there’s no gas to worry
about look at these two hives sitting out here
all by themselves we got some tall grass around them we’re gonna buy that too
they probably won’t even care and this is my largest colony here on the right
those are weaver bees and on the left for my Sask of Trance bees just mow
right next to him look how close the clearance is pretty nice and it’s very
easy to push this thing is lightweight it’s not self-propelled but look it’s
got LED headlights on – that’s cool if you did that a night though your
honeybees are gonna fly at those little lights so probably not a good idea to do
that but your grass would be damp anyway and I just take the clippings out of the
bag here and house it underneath these trees and the chickens will spread those
out for me later so I’m really happy with this thing and what if you have to
trim closer just use an electric weed whacker – I’m gonna toss this underneath
the tree here and my chickens are gonna come in later and spread that out for me
that’s their job one-handed attachment here there is a plug that goes in it so
you can use it just as a mulch or if you don’t want to collect your grass so you
can go either way there I like to collect the grass because I’m gonna use
that around the base of trees under them and here it is we’re all done mowing and
look at the bees they don’t even care it’s a good mower
40 volt lithium brushless and you can get a spare battery for it the battery
is a smart battery too you can push a button on the end
and it will show you how much time you’ve got left plus is the key you got
a pesky grandchild around and wants to run this thing take that key out and put
it on a high hook and here’s the battery leave that how much have we used oh
three out of four left so this thing is doing pretty good and you notice the
grass was pretty high too so I’m liking it
and again I’ve ordered a backup battery I only have the one now that we have it
and we’re all done how much space does it take if you’re gonna store it well
flip these locks on the slide handle there and when it’s in that closed
position it will not operate so young kids can’t grab it turn it on and start
mowing then you release these levers on the sides there lock it into place and
then you bring it up and it’s got those little feet metal part sticking up there
so you can stand it up on end takes up almost no space in your garage look at
that put it right up against the wall there and it’s also light enough I’ll
bet if I put a bracket on the wall I could just hang this thing right on the
wall it doesn’t even have to take up floor space this is pretty cool I like
it I’m gonna give this thing five stars and look at the bottom of the mower it’s
mostly plastic yeah it’s electric motor it’s got a blade on it and it’s
lightweight you could tote this thing around I don’t know exactly what it
weighs but you don’t have to be very strong thanks for watching I hope you
liked this mow your yard mow your bee yard without getting the bees angry
thanks for watching

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47 thoughts on “Mow Your Bee Yard Without getting stung NO ANGRY HONEY BEES no bee suit

  1. First! Super cool!! Wish i saw this last year. Bot β€œa diff electric brand” mower, wacker & blower. All 3 quit after 4 months. All the batteries died too. Bought yet another elec brand wacker & blower. We are talking about 1/2 uses every week. Those batteries died too (they come with chargers you plug into the wall). I was so angry i bot all gas powered Craftsman. Didnt want to… cant go wrong with Ryobi. My first cordless drill was a Ryobi!

  2. I have mulch around mine so I can keep my distance while mowing, I don’t have to use the weed eater ether

  3. I am dreaming to make a small desert patch in my garden surrounding the beehives .It will have salty soil and 2 types of really rare bushes wich bear edible fruits.One makes salty fruits and the otther has just stems,no leaves and verry high nectar ield.Because it has no leaves its good to watch the bees foraging on the flowers.
    Until then il use the traditional hoe to cut the bushes near the hives :).

  4. That's pretty neat. I'm on an acre in the country and have to pay some guys to do mine because of being allergic. I read a lot of the mixed reviews on amazon. Some love it and others don't. Probably great for smaller yards.

  5. Fred, that's pretty cool, but what I need is a battery powered tiller for the walkway in my native wildflower apiary.

  6. I want to get the Ryobi weed whacker. I have a Ryobi hand drill with 2 18V batteries that will also fit in the weed whacker. I want to bring it to the cemetery where half my relatives are buried and trim around their graves. Seems the grounds keepers tend to get lax with mowing and trimming there. I could pre-charge both batteries before going there and whack away the offending weeds and make their grave sites look nicer. I have a small garden rake to clean up the clippings with. I like the Ryobi batteries, mine also have the buttons on them to check to see how much charge they still have. If I don't use the drill for a long time, like for months at a time, the batteries tend to keep most of the charge they had since the last time I used them. When charging, it only takes about 20-30 minutes each. Love that! No over night charging. You can use the drill more spontaneously if need be. No need to have to plan on charging a battery for 8 hours before doing your project!

  7. You must've watched my hive inspection video I put up yesterday where I was hand weeding around the hives while I was there with the suit on! πŸ™‚ Thanks for another great review!

  8. This was actually a big consideration for me since we hire people to mow and leafblow our lawn. My solution was to install my hive on a (2nd story) deck. That way I have easy access, and the bees are up and out of the way of noisy lawn-related activity (and people in general). Of course, this wouldn't work so well if I had 9 or more hives…
    That mower you have also reminded me of another similar alternative; iRobot (the makers of Roomba) announced a while back that they're developing an automated battery-powered lawn mower (basically a lawn Roomba). If you don't mind the grass dropping where it's cut, that could work too, and you wouldn't even have to leave your chair!

  9. Oh thank the bee gods lol i saw a video from a different bee keeper that was absolutely awful. He threw the grass bacj up inside all the hives, made one hive go crazy and he gloves were covered in hundreds of stingers…. it was awful. Idk why he even uploaded it. He thought it wss hilarious and cute how aggressive the bees were… the hive was acting like the ones in your video when you went and helped your neighbors.

  10. Pretty cool fred I love you channel. Thank you again for putting out great content ya da man fredπŸ€™πŸ‘

  11. Thank you for another great suggestion! Love the idea.
    I live on 2 acres in south FL about 4 miles from orange groves. Grew up next to a small apiary and will be starting my own. I've decided to start by catching a swarm. Have a 40 liter 5 frame box to start. I've done an enormous amount of research. My question is do you feel it is too late to put the swarm trap up? Any suggestions you may have are always appreciated. Also I'm curious what your take is on why I would be finding random dead bees on back porch (uncovered)? Bees visit my property but nothing huge. These appeared to be worker bees about 8 over the course of a few days . I've lived here for 25 years and have never found dead bees.
    Thanks again for all that you do for us!

  12. πŸ˜‚ Totally hear the enthusiasm in your voice about that mower! I’m guessing you were excited to get it and go out and mow. Glad, you found a tool that does a great job and makes you happy to use it. I’m guessing the ease of use and the bees not stinging you are a huge incentive. Thought about buying the Snapper XD 82v self propelled mower. It’s a beast and I need the self propelled model. Great video! πŸ‘πŸ»

  13. Thankyou Frederick! A VERY informative video. I have thought about the very same mower myself. From Down Under!

  14. OK it is a nice try but you still owe us an extra 30 minutes in today's video πŸ˜‰

    We just love your channel my friend thank you for the environmental mentality not so many people think like that in the world although I hope that one day everybody will think this way

  15. I have one also, can't beat it. Also have the trimmer, hege trimmer, many of ryobi's 18v tools. Also another brand electric chain saw. Getting older and get tired of pulling ropes to start the gas yard tools.

  16. I used electric with cord and same result bees didn't care. But bees in new apiary and I have to use petrol strimmer. I will be wearing full protection .

  17. Thanks for a great video I thought it was cool that u have a solar house can u do a video on that I always wanted solar did u do it your self have a great day and thanks again

  18. Personally the best thing is the start up. I injured my shoulder last fall from trying to start a gas mower. I bought an electric weed wacker already (bees not that happy with it's vibrations), but next will buy the electric mower. My shoulder is still feeling the pain. Thanks for your videos.

  19. Good choice. All of my cordless tools are Ryobi 18V Lithium. I have a couple 40V Ryobi tools as well, and have a five-year-old version of this mower. I find that the width of cut needs to overlap somewhat. Two caveats with a cordless mower, 1) keep the blade sharp, and 2) be careful not to slam the 40V battery into the socket in the mower. It can be difficult to remove if it jams.

    I also have the Ryobi 40V line-trimmer. 😎

  20. I have been using a cordless electric mower and weed eater for years near my hives and never had a problem!

  21. Hahaa LOL! People dont have a huge area to mow until you need your headlights because its dark and youre still mowing!!!!

  22. Cool Mower, but I feel bad for the guard bee's. What are they supposed to do now? Sit around all day rubbing antennae with their girl friends;)

  23. Hey, Fred. Commenting from down here in Texas. I have a new colony started this spring with a nuc from Beeweaver in Navasota. We are first time beekeepers so we have one Flow hive of our own. We have also leased 8 hives from a local company over in Brenham, TX. The reason for leasing is as rookies, we did not want to take a chance of messing up on 9 hives. The beekeper is responsible for the other 8 which are the subject of this email. Just some background for those who might wonder why the heck did we not just wait to get some confidence and then get 8 more of our own. Well, here's why. In Texas, you can get an agricultural use property tax exemption for things like cows, AND BEES!. Since this property did not have an exemption when we bought it we need to build up history for 5 years. For the size of the property we need 8 hives to qualify for an intensity of use level. That's why we leased so we would not lose a year on the tax calendar.

    Now to those 8 hives. The grass has gotten very long around them. The hives are on two pallets of 4 hives each on the ground. While the bees are flying in and out through the tall grass, it would be better if they had a clear flyway leading to each hive. Two weeks ago I took my trusty walk behind field and brush mower to attempt to cut. Too hot for a bee suit. The local sheriff would have spotted some Texas buzzards circling over my deceased body by about Tuesday in our weather. So I decided to take my chances and see if I could make a quick run pas the 4 sides of the group of hives. Well, I made it down one side and up the other but not across the fronts of either pallet. The bees were not happy. Maybe the machine sounded like a bear prowling. Anyway, had to high tail it out of there. No stings!

    So today, you video link popped up in the corner of my screen and I decided to watch it to see your secret. It turns out I have the larger version of the mower with multiple batteries for it and my battery powered mower. I may give it a shot. Thanks for the demo. Then again, I might call the bee guy and ask him to come out 30 miles from Brenham and mow around the hives like he said he would.

    Either way, it is going to get done.

    Great video!!

  24. Yeah these are awesome Fred. I have the top Stihl electric mower since last year. It sounds very similar to your one in how it adjusts throttle and the mow time. I can't recommend this sort of technology enough!

  25. We
    Watched this you tube and found it very interesting. I make my husband's now around our new boxes. But he looked this mower up and seen on at Home Depot .and he went and got it. Of course we just cut the yard but it will grow fast .thanks we love this mower .

  26. I’ve been using that mower since last year and agree, works great around the hives. Also the weed eater that uses the same battery works great at close touch ups! I stand to the side and for over a year only had a curious guard bee or three. Not stung yet, but wear a hood while trimming to avoid the first one. Lol

  27. Take up al the grass around the hives and put down a thick layer of wood chips. No mowing at all!. Put down landscape clothe or that plastic so it does not grow back! just a thought

  28. I've been switching over to electric everything over the past few years…mowers, (even the Ryobi rider), wackers, pole saw, chain saws, (the Kobalt 80 volt packs a punch!) Still have my Stihl saw for the biggest jobs, but even then I rarely use it anymore. I like not having to mess with the oil, gas, higher maintenance, etc., and they're a lot quieter to boot.

  29. And you probably charge it off your solar array you sneaky Pete! I would love to see a video about the solar set up you have.

  30. Here is an idea place landscaping edging around the beehives and fill it with wood chips couple of inches so the grass dies back. This will make the soil rich over 2 years keeping it moist once the soil is improved start placing small flowering plants that the bees will love and that will spread overtime. the bees will love it, you won't have to mow so close to them and will look neat. Hopefully this helps

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