Designing a Bird Garden Create a habitat for birds by designing your garden with varying layers: tall trees, medium-size shrubs, perennials, and ornamental grasses. This will accommodate many different types of birds and provide them with the needs described.
Looking to add some plants to your Bee Better garden this Spring?!? Here are nine must-have spring blooms to help nourish your spring-foraging bees (and butterflies!) Name: Monarda didyma Common: Bee Balm Zones: 4 to 9 Size: 2 to 4 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide Conditions: Full sun to part shade; medium to wet soil […]
The best way to create a bird garden is to provide birds with what they need: shelter, food, water, and places to nest. Shelter: Birds need shelter to protect them from predators and the elements. In the winter, they need protection from the snow, and during the year they seek refuge from heavy rains, winds, […]
Did you know Monarda spp., also commonly known as beebalm, is a magnet for bumble bees, Bombus spp., in our ecoregion 231? Read on. Name: Monarda spp. Common: Bee Balm Zones: Reseeding annual Size: 4 feet tall Conditions: Sun to part shade, average to dry Attracts: In ecoregion 231, the lavender-flowered wild bergamot, Monarda fistulas and the red-flowered, Monarda didyma. […]
Here’s a quick guide to identifying the nests of some of the most likely species you’ll find in your bluebird nest box: Bluebirds: cup nest made of fine grasses and sometimes pine needles; eggs pale blue (rarely pure white.) Tree swallow: cup nest of dried grass, always lined with feathers; eggs pure white. House wren: […]
A number of good designs are available, but remember that you must be able to open the box for routine nest checks and maintenance. If you’re building your own, check with the North American Bluebird Society, for dimensions, and be sure to use a durable wood, such as cedar.
Bluebirds prefer open to semi-open areas. They feed mainly on insects, often watching from a low perch and then fluttering down to take bugs from the ground. A wide expanse of open, chemical-free lawn provides ideal habitat. A very small yard or one with little or no open space will probably not be suitable for […]