Plant perennials and smaller shrubs in groups of threes, fives, or sevens to create a more natural look and to cover a larger area that birds can easily find and utilize. For example, if you plant only one shrub that produces berries, the berries may be decimated after the first visit. Diversity is important […]
Plant your garden to provide shelter for birds. Planting evergreens on the northern side of your property will protect birds from cold northerly winds while allowing sunlight to the southern side of your garden.
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: […]