Blackberry bloom is on: please don’t spray now
As Oregon beekeepers know, blackberry blossoms are a major crop worked by bees. I (Madronna) was therefore distressed to find that someone saturated a blackberry-covered hillside in my neighborhood with herbicide yesterday (May 31).
Spraying any pesticide on this plant at this time will poison honeybees and native pollinators both.
This is a plea to all h0meowners to honor the Oregon Department of Agriculture guidelines NOT to spray crops worked by bees while the bloom is on them.
Thanks for helping to keep our honeybees vibrant.