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Offer Birds Shelter Beyond Birdhouses March 12 2017

rustic birdhouses for nesting and roostingBirdhouses are ideal for nesting and even roosting on cold nights, but natural shelter and cover is equally beneficial to your friendly fliers! After all, what did they do before we started feeding them and putting up birdhouses anyway?

Cavity-nesting birds sought out snags and dead trees (and they still do), of which there are fewer and fewer these days in the age of development. Robins, Jays, Cardinals and other birds who don't use houses have always nested in trees, shrubs, bushes and thickets.

It's fairly simple to create a haven for birds on your property in a small amount of space. A brush pile in just one corner of the yard gives birds the ability to duck and hide from predators and the elements, naturally and effectively. Brush piles also offer forage, which is definitely an added bonus!

This bluebird house is situated near a once beautiful Colorado Blue Spruce.Birdhouse near dead tree If ever there were a reason for "planting native"... here's a good one!

When something breaks, it's simply replaced, but when something dies it can be tragic, a big fat bummer. The unbearable heat last summer, combined with a devastating drought in fall claimed this well established, 20-foot tree. It was a haven for birds seeing so much activity daily, they would fly in and out, to and from various bird feeders. It was almost like base camp for the birds!

Cutting down this one hurt, and we certainly planted a new evergreen in close proximity. But the dead tree would still go to good use in the back corner of the yard. Leaving it pretty much intact, it was dragged and plopped down for the birds... and they love it!

Almost immediately, birds were flitting in and out of the newly located tree, even though dead and with brittle needles, it made an awesome shelter.
Dead tree as brush pile for birds
Keep the birds in mind next time you're forced to remove a dead tree! Especially with spring upon us and the well known garden itch - save pruned branches, worn mulch and fallen leaves as they're excellent materials for a new brush pile. Create an awesome shelter for your birds... naturally!

First Blooms Signal Time to Clean Birdhouses February 20 2017

Although resident birds may be roosting in your bird houses on chilly winter nights, the first blooms of spring are a sure sign the nesting season is underway. Regardless of location...

Best Garden Gifts for Valentine's Day February 06 2017

The great outdoors always brings a sense of calm and relaxation, it's just soothing for the soul to be among nature. Whether rafting down a rapids, hiking, or just chilling in own your yard.

New Year - New Bluebird Birdhouse January 13 2017

Face it, real estate's tough out there if you're feathered and in search of a new birdhouse!

Gift Idea 12- Living Wreath Planter and A Merry Little Christmas! December 25 2016

The Living Wreath Planter appeals to all gardening types whether bird folk or not!

Gift Idea 11- The Gift of Zen Sculptures & Chimes December 17 2016

The Living Wreath Planter appeals to all gardening types whether bird folk or not!

Gift Idea 10- A Hanging Bird Bath to Soothe the Soul December 15 2016

Even if they have no yard at all... you can get someone hooked on birds by gifting a cool hanging bird bath!

Gift Idea 9- Suet & Finch Feeders that Won't Break the Bank December 11 2016

Check these fun feeders for long-lasting gifts that get seen and used daily... without breaking the bank!

Gift Idea 8- Recycled Metal Yard Art December 01 2016

Cows, and goats and chickens, oh my!  Fun stuff for the garden, metal yard art rocks for it's uniqueness and charming personality.

Gift Idea 7- Church Birdhouses or Rustic Bird House November 26 2016

Seeking a totally unique gift this holiday season? Find distinctive church birdhouses that are handmade and likely one-of-a-kind.