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Landscape For Wildlife
April 29, 2019

I love the smell of freshly cut grass.

Especially the first mow of the season (April 26).

April 27/28, Snow.

Not much accumulation here, but south of us there was.

That I can do without.

After having Lazer eye surgery a few weeks ago for Glaucoma and high eye pressure, my eye pressure, while not idea checks out in the acceptable range.

We've been working on getting all the spring chores taken care of.

Made some huge gains this past week.

Now it depends on the weather for this coming week.

The pooches have pretty much become best buds, even sleeping together at times.

The cats are still bent, but ever so slowly accepting Brand the Poodle Pup.

A new neighbor seems to have moved in.

Taking a drink at the ground water dish.

Turn the calendar page this week.

Enter 'May', my favorite month of the year.

So much happens in May.

It seems as if everything comes to life.

And this is your cue to clean and sanitize all feeders and water sources.

Especially after a difficult winter season.

Maybe even freshen up some landscaping.

This weeks topic is just that.

Landscaping for your wildlife.


Landscaping and gardening for Wildlife is such an important aspect of backyard birding.

Yet, it’s often overlooked with an emphasis on feeding stations and water features.

Ideally, feeders, water sources, and nest boxes should fit into a bird-friendly landscape.

We can easily provide areas of habitat to benefit birds with cover, food, and nesting sites.

Landscaping is really what holds everything together as a truly attractive, colorful habitat for wildlife and people.

Now is a good time to Review, Plan, & Implement your landscaping.

It’s hard to write about landscaping on a national scale with such a diversity of weather and seasons across the United States and Canada.

With lush birding-based gardens growing and blooming across the Sun Belt, the region to the north is still waiting for the first leaves and flowers to materialize.

Even so, one of the main things to keep in mind is that a pretty basic gardening and landscaping adage to plant progressive heights of plants with the shortest in the front and the tallest and thickest in the rear.

Kind of like a woods edge (think nature).

(White-Throated Sparrow.)

Be prepared for a May hummingbird invasion.

Or, create one.

Providing hummingbird feeders, of course – but also by planting and transplanting flowering plants and flowers to attract hummers.

Consider pots and planters.

Their placement can add a lot to your yard or deck and porch.

You may choose to select planters that add some color to your yard in addition to flowers, or use colorful pots that blend in to, or emphasize the plants themselves.

(Male Rufous Hummingbird.)

Actually, you can do much the same with large planters of food plants, such as sunflowers, grapes, and other food plants.

But you may want to consider adding an area or two as bird food gardens, and look into some more permanent shrubs that provide seasonal bird foods.

Shrubs like chokecherries, dogwoods, viburnums, and even small crab apple trees.

By now, Southern California birders are appreciating the peak nesting season of Anna’s and Allen’s Hummingbirds, while watching for migrating Rufous Hummingbirds at their feeders and flower gardens.

These birds move along the coastline.

Ruby-throated hummingbirds should arrive here in Michigan any day now.

Even so, May tends to be a breaking point for landscaping and gardening with birds in mind.

With the rainy season ending and a drier period ahead, Southwest birders have an opportunity to plan ahead for the summer.

If only to add more shade and maybe a new water feature to the mix as you plan ahead for any summer monsoon rain, or even making a plan for when the rain and cooler temperatures return next fall.

In the Southeast, warm humid weather provides a peak growing season that birding gardens can benefit from.

When you have everything in order in your yard, don’t hesitate to give some thought to extending your landscaping efforts to your business, church, or school.

This impacts another group of birds, butterflies, bees and such, with your growing gardening prowess.

Overall, enjoy the process, and all the progress, growth, and color along the way; and enjoy all the birds, small critters,
and pollinators your landscaping benefits.

Really, give that some thought.

(Miss Penny in back, and Sophie in front.)

All too often, Gardening for wildlife is all about birds.

Remember the pollinators.

Bees and butterflies.

Remember, birds feeding a growing family need copious amounts of insects

Keeping a natural and organic growing system, allows for all of your wildlife to feed and reproduce.

Chemicals nor only kill chewing insects.

Chemicals kill pollinators.

Toxins build up and kill birds and other smaller forms of life.

Well, it is time to fly for now.

Before I go, here is your positive thought for the week.

God Bless.

"Even if it's a little thing, do something for those who need help,something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it".

Albert Schweitzer

From the word of God.

"The King will reply, Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me".

Matthew 25:40

"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our

Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb.

A Blessed week to you .

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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