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How to Attract Birds into Your Garden

If you want to attract birds to your yard here are some must have tools to encourage your feathered friends! Birds make for a vibrant and enjoyable yard; it’s wonderful to hear them chirping and chattering away in the morning.

There are loads of benefits to attracting birds to your garden. They are an excellent pest control measure if you find yourself overrun with insects. They encourage flower pollination, and they are ideal for weed control.

Attract Birds into Your Garden

Some birds eat a huge number of weed seeds, therefore helping you control the spread of weeds and to keep on top of your lawn care.

Feeding the birds is the quickest and easiest method of encouraging the local wildlife into your garden.

Don’t get disheartened if the birds don’t turn up right away. They will need to scope out the area and make sure there is no danger. So, make sure your bird feeder or your bird table is in the right place. Having them at a low level will mean the birds will be nervous about coming down to get food.

bird birdhouseThey are much more vulnerable at ground level than they are at a height. Once they have got used to coming to your garden for lunch, they will be sure to return!

If there are particular birds you want to attract, it’s worth doing some research on the food they like to eat. If you provide their favorite snacks, they will be more likely to choose your garden to visit.

Some are pickier than others, while many will eat a wider variety of food. Make sure there aren’t too many leftover bits of food hanging around. If you left food out and scattered around, this may attract predators and could also attract other wildlife that may scare your birds away.

Always make sure you are providing water as well as food. We all know birds love a good bath, so a bird bath will be a great addition to your garden.

bird friendly gardenAttracting birds is made easier by providing natural food sources from them. Planting trees or shrubs that are laden with fruit or berries will attract birds. This will also attract bugs and insects that birds love to snack on.

Planting trees and shrubs will make for a more desirable home for these feathery creatures (as will providing a bird box). Make sure you consider the best place for bird box’s; this could be facing in a particular direction or at a particular height.

Remember that if they are too close to the ground birds will not want to nest in them as they won’t feel safe. Make sure your bird box is high enough off the ground, so it is well out of reach for any curious paws.

However you choose to attract more birds to your garden, you will soon notice the difference they make. Look forward to beautiful displays of preening, flashes of color and vibrant birdsong.

The Top 5 Tips for Taking Care of a Big Yard

Taking care of a big yard can be seriously hard work. As soon as you have finished mowing the lawn if can feel like it’s time to start over again. So here are my top 5 tips for taking care of that yard:

Taking care of a big yard

1. Have a plan

Plan what you need to do in your garden to maintain it. Think about what you want your garden to look like and the Garden Plan time that is going to take you. Once you have formulated an idea, draw it out so you can see what it looks like on paper.

If you are making significant changes to your yard (or you have a blank canvas), it’s a very good idea to cut out the shapes of flower beds so you can move them around. This will show you what your idea looks like and enables you to move the design around until you achieve the look you want.

2. Work out a schedule

Setting out what you need to do and when you need to do it, gives you an overall view of the task. From that, you can estimate how long each task will take you and plan around that. You can separate this out by month or even by week or day.

Maintaining a big yard is made easier when you have a comprehensive schedule. When you have a great deal to do it can be hard to see the wood for the trees. Planning most important when you are maintaining your garden. Keeping on top of all the work that needs to be done, is the most difficult part.

3. Have the right tools for the job

Ride on Lawn Movers for Big YardsSave time by using the right tool for the job. If you have a huge yard and a tiny push lawnmower, cutting the grass is going to take you forever. A sit on the mower (such as the Craftsman 20442) will be hugely beneficial to you regarding time-saving. Gone are the days of meandering up and down the lawn, cutting the grass and working up a serious sweat.

Ride on lawn mowers let you get the job done in a fraction of the time at a fraction of the hard work. Also, having work benches, sheds and the right gardening equipment will save you loads of time and back ache.

Overworking yourself because you have the wrong tools for the job is silly. The right tools maybe be a bit costlier, but they are an investment. Spending hours laid out flat on your back because you have hurt yourself isn’t worth it.

4. Plant smart

Don’t go choosing a selection of plants that are incredibly difficult to take care of. Pick things that look after themselves and require minimal maintenance. Shrubs can fill up space and look beautiful and don’t need constant care.
Consider how much time you want to be spent caring for your garden each week and plant accordingly. Don’t be afraid to let the grass grow a bit longer and relax the weeding schedule if needs are.

5. Consider a feature

A garden feature such as a water feature, a pond or a structure such as an arbor. These can all be beautiful and give Garden Featuresthe appearance of a well looked after garden.

If you choose well, they won’t require that much maintenance, and you can focus your attentions elsewhere. They can also fill up some space if you have a large yard, meaning less grass cutting needs to be done!

But, if this all sounds like a lot of work I’d suggest you employ someone to do it for you. Then you can sit back and enjoy your garden with a drink in hand.

5 Ingenious Ways to Have a Garden in Your Condo

Unfortunately, the majority of the condominiums such as Sedona Parc have limited space to incorporate certain features such as a garden. This doesn’t mean to sacrifice your love of nature, however. You can always put up your own shrubbery inside your condo unit. The floor area of the condo should never be treated as a constraint. Instead, maximize the given space to your advantage with these ingenious gardening ideas.

1) Container gardening

container-gardeningA popular concept among households is placing any plant—big or small—in a pot. Pots are not your only option, though. You may also use tin cans and plastic cups. Paint old shoe boxes with colors you want that make for perfect plant boxes.

Many other DIY projects are available online. Don’t forget to put holes in the container for drainage purposes. You may place the pot anywhere you want such as on thresholds and windows.

If you want the plant on your tabletop or other surfaces, put a tray beneath it so the water won’t drip on the floor. Or, use mulch to absorb the excess water. Potted plants are very versatile. You may place them anywhere you may deem appropriate.

You may even put a trellis or foldable ladder in one corner and place some potted plants on it.

2) Wall gardeningwall-gardening

Although you may also use potted plants and place them above a wooden or metal frame for support, there are other creative choices for a wall garden.

For instance, you may hang an old shoe organizer or wine holder, filling each empty hole with the plants. However, you need to choose abundant shrubs to achieve a cascading effect. This adds visual interest to your space, but you must know how to maintain a wall garden.

Once the wall garden becomes immense, it may overpower your wall and the other décors on it unless the garden itself is the focal point of the wall.

3) Terrariumterrarium

A terrarium is a mini garden inside a transparent container of any size. It’s its own ecosystem wherein the plants are not the only elements—sand, soil, stones or pebbles and moss are also added. The plant is placed at the center to highlight such.

You may place these in a glass bowl or glass jar. For added creativity, a light bulb or anything transparent can be used as well. You can look for terrarium ideas online to see if a terrarium is the one you need and to determine the type and size of the terrarium is the most suitable for your unit.

4) Aquatic gardeningaquatic-gardening

The newest indoor gardening concept is aquatic gardening. It’s like an aquarium only that plants are inside the container and not fish although some aquatic gardens have both plants and fishes to maintain balance.

However, aquatic gardens are somewhat difficult to set up due to distinct technical requirements. There are professional service providers nevertheless who can set up one for your place. There are DIY options too. You’ll just need a tub or bucket to hold enough water where the plants will float.

Used in this way, it will be your own mini pond. Put some lotus and water lily. They add the vibrant green color asindoor-aquatic-gardening well as fragrance to your unit.

Plants serve as natural décors to our condo units. So, if you love gardening, don’t give it up even if you are now living in a condo.

All you need is an idea to help you start with indoor gardening. Above are just some of these ingenious ideas that you may do in your own condo. Choose the one that will enhance your space, making it a visually pleasing place to live in.

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