FALL CLEANING WITH BIRDS IN MIND

Backyard Dispatches

It’s time to think about cleaning up the garden for fall. While doing this you can create a good haven for birds to help them through the fall and winter months. After raking the leaves, place some in piles under shrubs or bushes for our foraging birds who are looking for bugs. After cleaning up fallen branches, assemble a small brush piles in the corners of your yard for birds to take shelter from inclement weather and predators. Leaving flowers with seed heads is also good for the birds, they can be cut back in the spring.

This is also the time to take the feeders in for a good cleaning. You can use 1 part bleach to 9 parts hot water, or a mixture of vinegar and water. Always rinse very well and allow to air dry outside. Bird houses also need to be cleaned out to allow birds…

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