Instead, it is imperative that newly cleared areas and gas-and-pesticide-guzzling lawns be replaced by native flowering plants that provide food to bees and other pollinators.
All fruit and vegetable production is totally dependent on pollination; but worldwide, bee colonies are dying out because of bee-killing pesticides and diminished areas devoted to the flowering plants on which they depend for food. Scientists are predicting, in fact, that pollinators and other insects could go extinct within a century.
Last year alone, U.S. beekeepers reported an average 40% bee colony loss. World-wide, food riots could eventually result from the hoarding of corn, wheat and other life-sustaining grain, fruit and vegetables.
Plant trees to give shade and beauty, yes, but in sunlit spaces, come spring, plant bee-friendly, native flowering plants as though your lives and the lives of future generations depend on it — because they do!