Category: Birds, Butterflies & Wildlife

Backyard Wildlife

February is the perfect time to plan a backyard wildlife habitat. Planting shrubs, trees and flowers will attract numerous wildlife visitors to your backyard. Make a list of the birds, butterflies and other wildlife you would like to see visit your backyard and then choose plants that will attract those species. Here are some things … […]

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Bird Boxes

February is the perfect time to plan a backyard wildlife habitat. Planting shrubs, trees and flowers will attract numerous wildlife visitors to your backyard. Make a list of the birds, butterflies and other wildlife you would like to see visit your backyard and then choose plants that will attract those species. Here are some things … […]

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Feeding Birds

While all gardeners treasure our plants, it’s time to think of our other friends in the garden. The birds who visit our feeders offer entertainment and color year around and help to control garden pests. I prefer to buy seed in bulk and mix my own-one part white millet and two parts black oil sunflower … […]

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Feeding Bluebirds

There aren’t many sights more beautiful or more fun to watch in our gardens than bluebirds. We are blessed by having many Eastern Bluebirds in our East Texas area. Bluebirds love to feed hungry babies mealworms, and one of the best ways to watch them feed is to use a mealworm feeder. This type of … […]

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Hanging Baskets

When your annual flowers die back in late summer and early fall, don’t take the baskets down or throw them away. Our resident and migratory birds will appreciate them even more. Remove the plants and level the top of the soil. Just add some of your favorite birdseed to the top of the soil and … […]

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Hornworms

One day we saw what we thought was a very small hummingbird on our lantanas. We had no idea we were seeing, for our first time, a Hummingbird Moth. We moved from the Tyler area to central Texas where we had a large bed of four o’clocks. We had a half dozen little “bugs” flying … […]

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Monarch Butterfly Habitat

The migration of the monarch butterfly from Canada to Mexico continues to be a phenomenon that scientists do not fully understand. However even the local urban gardener can assist the monarch butterfly in its journey by providing plants that are beneficial and necessary for their survival. Most gardeners establish a butterfly garden by planting brightly … […]

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Alternate Bird Feed

Do you like feeding birds but don’t like having seeds sprouting in your grass? Replace your wild bird feed with hen scratch. The birds love it, and it’s good for them. You can find it at your local feed store, and it’s cheaper than most birdseed. The birds are happy, and your yard is sprout … […]

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Attracting Hummingbirds

HOW TO ATTRACT HUMMINGBIRDS ( H. quercifolia) Hummingbirds are among our most beautiful garden inhabitants. “Hummers’ are easy to attract. There are many varieties of hummingbird feeders at your favorite garden store. The preferred nectar is a mixture of 4 cups of water and 1 cup of sugar, heated for three minutes in your microwave … […]

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Squirrels

SQUIRREL DETERRENT Many gardeners also enjoy feeding birds – but not necessarily feeding the local squirrels. To deter squirrels, try to situate your feeders so squirrels can’t jump onto them from above. And place feeders at least seven or eight feet away from solid tree limbs, fences or railings. To prevent access from below, set … […]

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