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Garden for Birds #4
I would like to know.....................
WHO STOLE SUMMER?????????????/
What did you do with it?
And where are you hiding it?
It seems as though just last week we were celebrating the beginning of summer.
Looking forward to our yards and gardens.
Now, parents are celebrating "BACK TO SCHOOL!"
That could mean more time in our yards and enjoying the fruits of our labor, however.
Enjoying our backyard guests.
We've seen visitors come and go.
And all the feathered families we helped raise.
Now it's time to think of visitors heading south.
Keep your feeders cleaned and filled.
Very important is a source of fresh water.
Quite often a stranger will stop for a drink and you may be fortunate enough to see your guests.
You may want to keep a camera handy.
It's getting time to think about fall projects in our yards.
It's time to let annuals go to seed and let some perennials go as well.
Say................ do you have any grasses in your yard?
I'm not referring to the grass you mow, or the stuff "Cheech and Chong" made so popular either.
I'm talking about ornamental grasses.
Ornamental grasses for your birds.
No,I haven't flipped my lid.
Grasses are becoming more popular in landscaping, yet have you thought of the possibilities for wildlife?
Grasses come in many varieties from only a couple inches tall to 15 feet and taller.
They come with names like "Little Bunny" and "Giganteus"
"Flamingo" and " Little Zebra"
How about "Karley Rose" or "Karl Forrester"
Names are as unique as the grasses are.
Grasses can work as a ground cover, erosion control, a wind brake and look good while doing it.
Ornamental grass can make up a border, a barrier or become a focal point in your yard.
Grasses can also help feed and shelter birds.
This time of year, most grasses are flowering or have showy plumes.
Many of these plumes produce seeds for birds to munch on.
Foliage left up for the winter months provide wind brakes and protection from harsh winter winds
Birds may also make a mad dash to flee a predator.
Not to mention that the dry foliage and plumes can give depth and motion to an otherwise drab landscape.
In spring, birds will be using bits and pieces for their nests.
Cut back your grasses 2 to 4 inches from the ground before new growth starts.
Most grasses are hardy to zone 5 and many are hardy to zone 4
There are a few hardy to zone 3.
Once established, ornamental grass needs little care.
Grasses come in about every shade of green there is.
You can find shades of blue.
Grasses with shades of yellow
There are grasses with shades of red.
Grasses with horizontal stripes and some with vertical stripes.
Some varieties are drought tolerant.
Others may prefer moist conditions.
Most prefer sunny locations, while a few prefer shade.
The fact is, there will be a grass for your location.
You can even get annual grasses.
There are so many varieties to choose from I can't go through them all.
Check with your local garden center or nursery.
Have them recommend what is good for your yard.
Or, do some homework and see what you may prefer instead.
I have 6 varieties of grasses and I'm sure the collection will continue to grow as I find and make room for them.
You are sure to be hooked on grasses when you see a bird hanging onto a stalk and dancing in the wind.
An added bonus, grasses are deer resistant.
Check out the yards around you.
Hit the local garden centers and nurseries.
I'm sure you can find a grass for your yard.
Remember, fall is the best time to plant.
Well friend, it is time to get this letter sent out so I best get going.
Do have a blessed week and continue to smile.
Until next time.
Ron Patterson has been caring for wild birds since he was 10 years old. He has discovered many things along the way.
An avid gardener as well, Ron is a Michigan Certified Nurseryman.
With his expertise in birds and gardens, he writes a weekly newsletter called "Backyard Birding Tips"
Commercial and Residential Flagpoles
The world's tallest unsupported flagpole is located in Amman, Jordan. Erected in 2003, the carbon steel pole juts 416 feet into the sky and weighs a staggering 190,000 pounds. A flagpole of that magnitude requires an extremely heavy foundation ? upwards of 600 tons ? and is therefore bolted to the foundation by 36 carbon steel bolts. It is built to withstand winds up ninety miles per hour with the flag attached, as well as earthquakes. Design and construction took two whole years ? and a number of major corporations cooperating ? to get it erected.
Mulch Your Spring Bulbs In The Fall For A Beautiful Spring Display
Flower bulbs need a good, long, winters sleep. Like some people we know, if they wake up before they are fully rested, they get kind of cranky, and then they don't bloom well at all.
Water Pond Designs
You can have different water pond designs, however ones that don't restrict water movement are the best. What I mean by that is you don't want to have a backyard pond with tight corners in it where it will be hard for water to circulate.
Roses and Juniper Rock Gardens
Wide circle driveways don't happen much anymore, but when they do, what do you do with them? Clear out the grass, mound up some soil, and park a few boulders in strategic positions and you've got the perfect spot for an artistic rose garden. Plant some dark green Juniper and a few golden-tipped junipers for background color before adding your roses.
The Ultimate Magic Garden
Spring is the season to start planting seeds for the future. For me, the ultimate Magic Garden would be planted using the Feng Shui bagua as a guideline for the boundaries of the plot and incorporate flowers herbs and plants that correspond to each signifigant direction..
Organic Hydroponics - Simplified
These days, it's easy to get lost in the wealth of knowledge available on hydroponics cultivation. The dizzying collection of fertilizers, additives and supplement doesn't necessarily help the situation. From foliage to root, there's something for everyone and for every kind of situation.
Why Patio Benches are a Great Place to Relax and Enjoy
Having an outdoor patio offers the opportunity and place to sit outdoors where you can relax alone on a lazy Saturday morning or enjoy a barbecue with family and friends. To enhance a patio while providing additional seating, more and more people are turning to patio benches. Although traditional patio furniture is still nice, patio benches do not take up as much room, they can easily be moved from the patio to the lawn, and many designs on the market feature compartments underneath a padded seat for storage.
Introduction to Aquaponics
Hydroponics and aquaponics are very similar in every way except hydroponics requires the addition of fertilizer and there's no fish in the nutrient solution.
If you appreciate plants that have no hesitation in boldly stating their presence with huge, almost artificially perfect flowers, then tuberous begonias are for you. While some may find them rather too overstated, downright brazen even, if you like colour, and plenty of it, with subtlety an option rather than compulsory, then look no further.
Garden for Birds #4
I would like to know.....................
Basic Lawn Care - Mowing, Scarifiers, Aeration, and Watering Tips
The arrival of summer heralds a time of increased wear and tear for the average garden lawn. Children's yard games, barbecue parties, outdoor sports and generally more activity in the garden means your lawn is set to come in for something of a beating and without a little TLC is likely to start showing more than a little worse for wear. Stomp all over any living thing and it doesn't respond too kindly but with a little help, your lawn can remain looking great all through summer and beyond!
How to Rid that Lawn of Thatch!
You know that brown patchy debris in a lawn that accumulates on top of the soil but below the grass line? That's thatch.
The Home Garden
The garden should be near the house and away from trees. If it's some distance away from the house, it will not be as well looked after, nor will most use be made of vegetables grown. Vegetables near trees cannot get full sunshine; even more important, tree roots will rob them of water and fertilizer they need to do their best.
You Say Tomato I Say Mosquito
Gathering tomatoes or other fruits of the garden might not sound like a dangerous occupation, but with terrorism running rampant these days, even a walk thru the garden can require pre-emptive measures. In fact if you left the screen door open for a minute or so and heard a whiny frequency accompanied by a slight tickle it may already be too late, if that slight tickle was the allergic reaction of your skin cells to the Culex, Aedes or Anopheles mosquito, one of the several species that prefer humans, and are capable of transmitting microbial organisms to living cells.
Are There Really Black Roses?
Teak Patio Table - Why You Need One
Do you love to cook outdoors but end up having to dine on makeshift outdoor furniture or maybe even inside because you simply do not have the furniture to properly entertain in your yard, deck or patio? Would you love to find the perfect patio table or set to transform your empty space to an elegant outdoor dining room? If so, maybe you should think about enhancing your outdoor space with a teak patio table.
Planning a Vegetable Garden
It is important when you start to plan a garden, to know what you want the garden to do. For instance, if you are hoping to feed a family of four all year round, you will need to plan a garden that is approximately 100 square meters of space (not including walking paths) that produces more than once. If you live in a cold climate, you will not be able to grow year round. So asking yourself a few basic questions is a good way to start.
How to Grow Strawberries
In addition to the traditional strawberry patch, there are as many ways to grow strawberries as there are to eat them! Grow strawberries in a bed, hydroponically, as a ground cover, as an ornamental patio plant, or in a hanging basket.
How to Care for Long Stem Roses
Lawn Disease And What To Do About It
Every lawn, whether new or established, is susceptible to a variety of lawn diseases. Most lawn disease starts with a fungus. Fungi are an oddity because they don't set seeds; instead, they propagate by distributing spores in their surrounding area. Some of the spores are picked up by wind or animals and distributed in new locations.
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