Adding a Bird Feeder to your Garden

Written by Johann Erickson

If you arerepparttar type of person who enjoys all aspects of nature, and loves to see it right at your door or outsiderepparttar 138812 window, consider hanging some bird feeders that are suitable torepparttar 138813 feathered population of your region.

A little research atrepparttar 138814 library or overrepparttar 138815 Internet, will tell you what type of birds are likely to frequent your area inrepparttar 138816 various seasons. Once you know that, you can look up their dietary preferences, and from there you’ll be able to choose bird feeders that will deliverrepparttar 138817 appropriate blend of foods, in an easily accessible way. Bear in mind that bird feeders which are filled with large size seeds, or fragments of corn and peanuts, must have an adequate opening to dispenserepparttar 138818 contents, orrepparttar 138819 birds will realize they can’t get atrepparttar 138820 food, and will go elsewhere.

Another consideration, is where to place your feeder in terms of height, and location relative torepparttar 138821 house orrepparttar 138822 “traffic” of humans or pets. Some birds that become accustomed torepparttar 138823 presence of humans, will feed regardless of your presence, but more easily startled species may refuse to come down out of trees if there is too much activity aroundrepparttar 138824 feeding station.

There are all kinds of beautiful and decorative bird feeders for species that peck their food fromrepparttar 138825 ground. These include charming figures such as angels, fairies or cherubs, holding out bowls, orrepparttar 138826 large blossom of a flower, which serves asrepparttar 138827 dish for cracked corn, and other feeds.

Birds that prefer not to light while they dine, will appreciate one ofrepparttar 138828 hanging bird feeders that you can suspend from a tree branch, or a special upright bracket attached to a patio railing. You’ll find a wide variety of shapes and styles, in colorful stained glass, and shaped like gazebos, barns, or natural wood logs. But again, keep in mindrepparttar 138829 type of seed you’ll be putting in it. There can be quite a difference in what is appropriate torepparttar 138830 species of birds in your area, ranging in size fromrepparttar 138831 very tiny thistle seed known as niger, which is fed to finches, andrepparttar 138832 larger, black and white striped sunflower seeds favored by Blue Jays, and other big birds. If you want to avoidrepparttar 138833 problems that seed size can cause, you might opt forrepparttar 138834 open hanging dish, which come in charming designs like a large flower blossom, a lily pad with a frog, or a decorative arrangement of leaves, with a miniature gazing ball.

Garden Arrangements can make a huge difference in your yard

Written by Johann Erickson

Gardening is a very popular hobby, and one that can be enjoyed by young or old, whole families, someone employed outsiderepparttar home, and those who are self-employed or stay-at-home parents.

Getting outside intorepparttar 138677 fresh air, and exercising your creativity on floral, herb and vegetable gardens is not only healthy, but will bring pleasure to your family and visitors. Whether you devote hours every day to your efforts, or concentrate all your talents on weekend binges of planting and weeding, it’s possible to create justrepparttar 138678 look you want, from old English country gardens, torepparttar 138679 carefully organized “wild” look.

The first thing you’ll need to consider before starting on a grand plan for revamping your yard, isrepparttar 138680 type of soil. If you don’t know what you have, for examplerepparttar 138681 level of acidity, check with your local garden center for test kits before investing in plants and bushes that won’t thrive in what you can offer them. Once you know what you’re working with, you can go ahead and decide what to plant, and how you want your gardens laid out.

No matter whatrepparttar 138682 topography of your yard, e.g. completely flat, dotted with trees, undulating, or sloped, you can find justrepparttar 138683 right plants to brighten up a dark corner, or fill in a bare space.

Areas which get a lot of shade are often dark, but that doesn’t mean they have to be dull. This can be a great place to install an in-the-ground lined pond for goldfish. Or how about a rock garden, and letrepparttar 138684 kids help you collectrepparttar 138685 rocks that will elevaterepparttar 138686 level ofrepparttar 138687 plants, and give it that “natural” look. For a touch ofrepparttar 138688 whimsical, place something like a bear figurine with a gazing ball, right inrepparttar 138689 center, where it will berepparttar 138690 focus of attention.

Wide open spaces, such as alongrepparttar 138691 edge of a lawn or yard, arerepparttar 138692 perfect place to plant a large, “graduated” garden inrepparttar 138693 shape that fitsrepparttar 138694 surrounding area, including wedges, ovals, and long rectangles. Depending onrepparttar 138695 shape, andrepparttar 138696 amount of space, you’ll have lots of scope to create a multi-level riot of color. Ifrepparttar 138697 garden facesrepparttar 138698 house, you’ll want to plant your longer flowers torepparttar 138699 rear, and then “step down” in size to border plants. With ovals and circles that can be appreciated from all sides,repparttar 138700 taller plants should go inrepparttar 138701 center, and work your way torepparttar 138702 shortest ones fromrepparttar 138703 center, outwards.

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