The only thing better than having a garden thriving with colorful blooms is noticing the flutter of a hummingbird’s wings outside your window! These cheery little birds bring joy to any garden. It’s migrating season for our fluttering friends, so with spring settling in we see more of them everyday. In winter, our Eastern US Ruby-Throated hummingbirds find homes in Mexico or Central America, and can start heading back our way as early as February. So now that these sweet birds are back, how can you attract more of them to your garden this season? Check out these helpful tips!
Waking up with nature is the best way to begin the day. Who needs the nagging sound of an alarm clock when you could wake with the song of birds foraging in the backyard instead? It doesn't take much to fly these beautiful winged creatures to the yard and if done right, you could attract up to 50 different species for your viewing pleasure. Here's how...
Did you know seeking food is the main activity in the life of wild birds? It is especially important to provide an available source of food for birds in the harsh winter months when conditions are more extreme and natural food sources like autumn fruits and flying insects are scarce. Knowing the food we supply our feathered friends may be the only source of nutrition for the wild birds in our area is a fact that will keep us pushing our customers to take part in regular winter feedings.
Choose food varieties such as suet, peanuts, and sunflower seeds. Filling your feeders with high fat content bird food can help the wild birds conserve energy when they need it most. Storing foods high in fat is essential for the birds when ice storms can coat natural food sources like seeds and berries - hindering the birds from eating them.
We have a great selection of wild bird seed to attract all the species that are indigenous to our area. With our newly expanded birding section, you will also find feeders and housed to fit any taste. So cozy up next to your fireplace in the warmth of the indoors and watch the outdoor canvas as your generous food supply attracts wild birds of many species, color, and size. Take even greater joy remembering what an important part of the birds daily life you are contributing to.
"A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush."
Hi everyone! With Arbor Day just two short days away, now is the perfect time to consider planting a new tree in your home landscape. We have a wide range of beautiful trees to chose from down at Garden Supply. By planting a tree, you will not only be enhancing your own yard, but you will also be helping the environment. Did you know that trees remove pollutants and dust from the air? Trees also provide natural insulation- enough to cut your heating and cooling bills by up to 30%. Come talk to our experts about choosing the perfect tree for your garden, and celebrate Arbor Day with us! Here's a little fun history on Arbor Day. The first Arbor Day took place on April 10, 1872 in Nebraska. It was the idea of Julius Morton, a Nebraska journalist and politician. Throughout his long career, Morton worked to improve agricultural techniques and served as President Cleveland's Secretary of Agriculture. But his most important legacy is Arbor Day.
Morton felt that Nebraska's landscape and economy would benefit from the wide-scale planting of trees. He set an example himself by planting orchards, shade trees and wind breaks on his own farm, and he urged his neighbors to do the same. As a member of Nebraska's state board of agriculture, he proposed that a special day be set aside dedicated to tree planting and increasing awareness of the importance of trees. For Nebraska's first Arbor day, more than one million trees were planted. A second Arbor Day took place in 1884 and the young state made it an annual legal holiday in 1885.
In the years following that first Arbor Day, Morton's idea spread beyond Nebraska with Kansas, Tennessee, Minnesota and Ohio all proclaiming their own Arbor Days. Today, all 50 states celebrate Arbor Day. Arbor Day is also now recognized in other countries, with variations being celebrated in Australia, Japan, Israel, Korea, Yugoslavia, Iceland, and India. Sometimes one good idea can make a real difference. For more information about this holiday, please visit the Arbor Day Foundation.
Over the next few days, I'll share a few simple Arbor Day crafts and activities you can do with your kids at home that will foster a love of trees that will last a lifetime.
This fun pine-cone bird feeder is a snap to make and would be perfect to hang in your newly- planted commemorative Arbor Day tree. Here's what you'll need to get started.
- A large, open pine cone
- Vegetable shortening, lard, or suet
- Oats or corn meal
- Bird seed
Simply tie a few feet of string to the pine cone and then cover the cone with the food mixture below. Roll the pine cone in birdseed and then hang it from a tree branch outside.
Mix 1/2 cup vegetable shortening, lard or suet with 21/2 cups cornmeal or uncooked oats until well blended. Optional: add chopped dried fruit, chopped nuts, seeds like sunflower or millet, and/or suet which are high energy bird foods.
Thanks for stopping by everyone! I'll see you back here tomorrow for more great Arbor Day ideas.