Gardening for Birds Part 2


Article by: Ronald Patterson

We've had some well needed rain this past week, though it makes it a bit difficult to get chores done outside. , Don't Forget the Birds this Winter

We're past the last frost date for my area so now I can get some planting done.

I love to play in the dirt.

Mr. robin sits close by waiting for me to move elsewhere so he can gulp down the freshly dug earthworms.

I'll through a couple his way from time to time.

It's fun to see how many he can hold in his bill when he is bringing them back to feed the hatchlings.

I have never seen as many white , Getting Up to Speed with Landscape Lighting! crowned sparrows. This year they are everywhere in the yard. , Flowering Cherries

Hummers have arrived so that is always a treat to see.

Yolanda had to point out a Male cardinal at one of the feeders.

One of the feeding stations is near her window, , Canopy Swings - Escape the Weather with One she enjoys the activity.


A couple of weeks ago we took a walk through a nice wooded park.

Boy are things changing under the tree , Garden Planning canopy.

Flowers have come and gone while others are just starting to bloom.

The ground is turning into several shades of green , Ginseng Benefits peppered with soft hues of pinks , Abatement Regulations Often Confuse and Do Not Make Sense and blues. , Patio Bar Chairs for Comfortable Outdoor and Poolside Seating

Bright yellows can be spotted in the distance.

Some of the small trees , Don't Forget the Birds this Winter and shrubbery are showing signs of small fruits , Using Annuals in Your Perrenial Garden while others are just beginning to show signs of buds. , Birdbaths

Birds are singing away.

Activity is everywhere, nest builders and parents feeding the early batch of young.

We need to keep our eyes and ears open to really appreciate our surroundings.

As a youngster, I was a frequent visitor to the many local , Lazy Fish Worries wooded areas where I grew up.

A child's mind opens up and runs wild with imagination. I wasn't afraid, the family German shepherd was always with me :)


Unless you live in a wooded and meadow area already, like me, you will need to lend a helping hand.

Yet, with some time and patience we can make our own little habitat. , Adirondack Chairs - How to Care for and Clean Them

What I would like for you to do, is study your area for plants, , Understanding Houses habitats, , Reasons to Garden Organically and birds. , Growing Tea Herbs for Fun or Profit

Get to know what native and non native plants , Canopy Swings - Escape the Weather with One grow in your area.

By learning this, you will know what is zone hardy and you wont be spending time and money on a lost cause.

Talk to a local , Transplanting Tips nurseryman who is familiar with your area.

Get your soil , Patio Enclosures tested if necessary to make sure it is sweet enough or acid for certain varieties of shrubs , Gardening - What are Annuals and Biennials? and trees. , The Care of Cattleya Orchids

Here where I live in Michigan, I am always asked "will this grow , Patio Gazebos - Add Some Intrigue to Your Patio here"?

Again, learn the birds , Patio Gazebos - Add Some Intrigue to Your Patio of your area.

What kind of birds , The Truth About MTD Snow Blowers do you want to attract?

Wouldn't it be great to have more visitors or maybe a migrator that spends the summer , Patio Enclosures with you?

Hey, it does happen.

Do you have a large yard?

What if it's a small city lot?

Are there several trees , Buy Cheap Flowers Online or maybe just one lonely shade tree?

Whatever the case, it can work for you.

Here is a list of bird , Abatement Regulations Often Confuse and Do Not Make Sense attracting small trees , Planning Saves Money, When Landscaping Your Property and shrubs. , Understanding Integrated Pest Management

Attracting Birds: Shrubs

Start building , Lazy Fish Worries under your canopy with small trees , Gallica Roses and shrubs , Some Simple Gardening Tips to keep your Garden Tip-Top after the Winter Months that grow , Planning Your Flower Garden in your area.

Find ones that have fruit , Don't Forget the Birds this Winter to attract your birds. , The Magic Plant Copier

Dogwood (Cornus florida), Redbud (Cercis canidensis), Canadian hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) are a sample of small trees , Pink Hibiscus that do well under natural , How to Grow African Violets canopies.

Again, check with a local , Landscape Fabric - Is Landscape Fabric Even Necessary In Landscaping? nursery.



You've done some homework.

You have an idea on what you would like in your yard

You can't wait to start building , Lazy Fish Worries your habitat. , Growing Clematis


Did you draw everything out on paper?

Include names of shrubs , Understanding Houseplants and trees, , Dandelions, Friend or Foe? how big they will get.

Did you plan , Rose Gardening: Water, Sun and Shade on high and lows in the plantings?

How about leaving an opening or two like we noticed on our walk.

Leave room , The Care of Cattleya Orchids for some flowers , Reasons to Garden Organically and maybe a bit of ground cover.

Don't over do it on your budget on your body.

I know how easy and tempting it can be.

Make it a family affair.

Get the kids and grand kids involved.

What better way to get young people to discover the wonders of nature. , Birdbaths

A backyard , The Care of Cattleya Orchids habitat helps to stimulate and develop a lifelong interest in wildlife , Planning Your Flower Garden and conservation.

Don't spend your time being a slave to your new habitat, , Ginseng Benefits sit back and enjoy it as a work in progress.


There are a few basics involved when landscaping , Understanding Integrated Pest Management for birds. , baths

Food - Every bird , baths species has food , How to Grow Strawberries requirements that may change , The Care of Cattleya Orchids thoughthe seasons. , Canopy Swings - Escape the Weather with One

Learn the food , Pink Hibiscus habits of the birds , Don't Forget the s this Winter you wish to attract, then plant the appropriate flowers, , How to Grow Strawberries shrubs , Planning Your Flower Garden and trees , Patio Gazebos - Add Some Intrigue to Your Patio for your area.

Diversity - Plan , Online Flower Shops your landscape , Canopy Swings - Escape the Weather with One to include a variety of plants. , Buy Cheap Flowers Online Go native as much as possible.

Shelter - Consider such factors as prevailing winds (snow and rain storms)when arranging your habitat. , How To Choose a Landscape Contractor

Be sure it offers shelter from predators as well.leave that dead tree , Flowering Cherries standing if it isn't a risk of causing damage.

Protection - When you are choosing placement of your feeders and nest boxes, consider their accessibility for predators. Are they located for you to easily fill and monitor?

How close are feeders to picture windows , Growing Clematis that may cause a crash.

Use caution in your use of herbicides and pesticides.

Four Seasons , Ten Considerations Before You Buy A Bird House - Try to plant , Some Simple Gardening Tips to keep your Garden Tip-Top after the Winter Months to offer year round benefits. Include both evergreen and deciduous trees , Reasons to Garden Organically and shrubs. , Lazy Fish Worries

Combine summer , Lazy Fish Worries and fall , Pink Hibiscus fruiting plants , Online Flower Shops and those that hold fruit , Daylily 'When My Sweetheart Returns' well into winter , Dandelions, Friend or Foe? to provide year-round food , Lazy Fish Worries sources.

Zone hardy and soils , Buy Cheap Flowers Online - Consult a map or local , Flowering Cherries agency on your hardiness zone.

Get you soil , The Truth About MTD Snow Blowers tested if necessary to find what will grow , Getting Up to Speed with Landscape Lighting! and grow , Spruce Budworm healthy for you.

Weed and water , Some Simple Gardening Tips to keep your Garden Tip-Top after the Winter Months - It is important to get your new plants , Using Annuals in Your Perrenial Garden off to a happy healthy , Solar Lights for Walkways - Cut Costs start.

Watering and a bit of food , How to Grow Strawberries is very important for the first year to help build a deep and strong root , Using Annuals in Your Perrenial Garden system.

Establishing a healthy , Concrete Mold Buying Tips root system is needed to help survive the colds , Don't Forget the Birds this Winter of winter , The Care of Cattleya Orchids and the lean times ahead.

Keep on top of the moisture , Bird Feeders: Look Who's Coming to Dinner stealing weeds. , Online Flower Shops

It's not a chore if you pluck a weed , Growing Tea Herbs for Fun or Profit or two every time you are watering or visiting your new habitat. , Getting Up to Speed with Landscape Lighting!

I can see the sweat on your brow and dirt under your nails , How To Choose a Landscape Contractor already : )

Make sure it's a fun sweat though.

I'll be checking on you real soon.

As always, have a blessed week my friend

Ronald Patterson is an avid backyard , Rose Gardening: Water, Sun and Shade birder, going back 40plus years. Ron and his wife Karen owned a wildbird specialty store through much of the 90's and through 2001. Ron is also a Michigan Certified Nurseryman. This aids in giving expert advice , Daylily 'When My Sweetheart Returns' on birds , Ginseng Benefits and what to plant , Patio Gazebos - Add Some Intrigue to Your Patio to attract wildbirds to your yard. , Using Annuals in Your Perrenial Garden

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