How To Attract Hummingbirds

Written by Marilyn Pokorney

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Planting a garden full of red flowers isrepparttar 139283 best way to attract these beautiful jeweled birds.

Plant bee balm, butterfly weed, columbine, cardinal Flower, coral bells, cosmos, dahlias, four-o'-clock's, fuchsias, morning glory, petunias, zinnias, trumpet vine, or honeysuckle. A web search will reveal many more.

Be a hummingbird magnet by having as much red in your backyard as possible. Besides flowers use gazing balls, backyard furniture, ribbons, and other yard decorations. Create both sun and shade areas in your hummingbird garden. Offer an abundance of nesting materials to encourage nesting females. Hummingbirds prefer downy like materials, spider webs, ferns, moss and lichens for their nests. Make certain that there is always fresh water available for drinking as well as for bathing. Set up misters. Hummingbirds love to take "leaf baths," rubbing against wet leaves or just sitting on a branch havingrepparttar 139284 mist fall upon them.

Avoid pesticides. These chemicals killrepparttar 139285 insects that hummingbirds eat for protein and can also sicken or killrepparttar 139286 birds.

Add plenty of places forrepparttar 139287 birds to perch. Hummingbirds spend around 80% of their time sitting on twigs, shrubs, and other available resting places.

Water Conservation in the Yard

Written by Silvianne Barthe

It is that time of year again. The water companies are sending us notices to reduce watering in our gardens.

What are you doing to help conserve this precious commodity?

Often we don't appreciate something until it's gone! That can really be true with water. Taken for granted when it is plentiful, its importance is truly appreciated inrepparttar garden once it becomes scarce. If you find yourself in a drought, there are some things you can do to help conserve water and makerepparttar 139217 best use of what you have available.

If you have not already mulched your plants, do it! Mulch will help limitrepparttar 139218 amount of water that evaporates fromrepparttar 139219 soil. While organic mulches such as grass clippings or wood chips are preferable since they add organic matter torepparttar 139220 soil, plastic mulches are useful in limiting evaporation fromrepparttar 139221 soil. They can be laid between rows inrepparttar 139222 vegetable garden and will help limit moisture loss; however, they also will limit infiltration.

Place your water where it will dorepparttar 139223 most good. Sprinklers are very inefficient for getting water torepparttar 139224 roots of your plants. Much ofrepparttar 139225 water lands onrepparttar 139226 leaves and evaporates before reachingrepparttar 139227 ground. A slow gentle watering atrepparttar 139228 base ofrepparttar 139229 plants, allowingrepparttar 139230 water to soak intorepparttar 139231 soil, will be most efficient.

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