Birds

Prepping for Feathered Friends

As winter looms in the background, many of us gardeners who have cleaned our landscapes of wilted hostas, frozen daylilies, and dead annuals look forward to the influx of feathered friends that come to our landscapes in winter in search of food, water, and a safe place to spend the co
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Love ’em & Leave ’em!

I recently read to articles on the timeliness of articles when pertaining to horticulture practices for homeowners. One was too late and the other was just in time. I hope this one is just in time as the weather is getting colder and the days shorter. Now that autumn is really here, w
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Our Garden Buddies

While cleaning out some landscape beds this past week, we came across one of our favorite garden helpers, a skink. This little guy was quite surprised by our removal of his cover of leaves from the garden. I was able to handle him gently for a photo and then replaced him to his burrow
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The Eastern Kingbird

The Eastern Kingbird is a mighty songbird in the presence of American prairies. This migrating songbird can be seen in open fields, along streambanks, and on the edges of wooded areas, perched on fence posts and power lines. They are waiting for insects to pass by for their meals. The
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Birds are for the Bugs!

That first sweet bite of peach in the hot July sun, off of your own tree in your own yard, makes you wonder about the truly good things in life. For my family and I it was about a move 3 years ago to where we are now, bringing a plethora of landscape plants and trees with us. The peac
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Diversifying for Pollinators

It is very interesting how insects, birds, and plants can coexist naturally and amazingly, without killing each other off the planet entirely. Insects are around us, literally everywhere. While I can generally identify some 50 species of insects or more, there are another 200 lurking
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Attracting Birds to Your Landscape

I love waking up in the morning and listening to the birds sing, “hello”.  It is such a pleasant way to begin one’s day.  I grew up in the country and our house was surrounded by windbreaks, open pastureland, and cropland.  The variety in this landscape provided habitat for many speci
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Planting With Natives: Season Long Color for the Landscape, Using Natives in place of Aliens

Again I return to using native plants in the landscape. This is an ever growing concern, as we are seeing the loss of pollinators and native songbirds in our region. The loss of songbirds is felt by bird watchers and gardeners alike. How many of us put out birdseed in the winter month
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Garden Plants that Attract Birds

Goldfinch on Sunflower
In the autumn, after most of the leaves have fallen and the cold starts creeping into our days, I often look out my window for the bright colors of songbirds that stay through the winter. Having grown up in an area full of trees and woods, I miss many of the birds from my youth. In No
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