Birds have three main requirements in life—food, water, and cover—which should be met through proper management of the backyard habitat. In fact, this is true for all living habitats.
Plant the tallest trees and shrubs at the back borders and then work to the front of the property using sequentially shorter plant layers. For hummingbirds, select perennial plants with mature heights of at least two feet.
“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” — Jane Goodall
Fall and early spring are the best times to begin planting your bird, bee, and butterfly gardens. Concentrate on setting out hardy trees, shrubs, and vines that will not have to be replaced each year. Grow the necessary cover needed for the birds, bees, and butterflies. Then you can begin thinking of the individual plants […]
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To make supplemental nectar for hummingbirds, use a 4:1 mixture of water and white granulated sugar in hummingbird feeders. Dissolve sugar completely by stirring in hot tap water. Allow the solution to cool before using and store the unused portion in the refrigerator. Note: Do not use honey solutions in feeders as they tend to […]
Bee Better wasn’t the only ones noticing the bees having a problem getting a drink of water from a slick ceramic backyard birdbath. Glassblower, Barbara Sanderson did too; but Barbara did something about it. Glass Gardens NW, Barbara’s observations led her to design a new item called the bee preserver. They were an immediate hit and […]