Your bee hive should be elevated for several reasons. You want a hive stand to:
Many hive stands fall into the DYI camp, in particular placing two cinder blocks on the ground to provide solid support (two blocks per hive). But Betterbee offers a couple other options including the Ultimate Hive Stand and The Lyson Hive Stand. While our Cedar Hive Stand can be placed directly on the ground, we recommend it is further elevated as its main purpose is to create a larger landing area for bees coming into the bee hive.