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Maybe I’ve taken planting-for-birds a bit too far

If you read this blog with any frequency, you know that I like animals; that I enjoy feeding the birds; that I have an issue (or rather The Murph does) with the Attack Rabbits; and that I enjoy landscaping to attract the birds. The Landscape Makeover that was recently done seems to have changed the dynamics of the animals that visit.

Rabbits & squirrel in Delaware County, OH

Various quantity of chipmunks began visiting several years ago. The most I’ve seen at one time is 4.  They scamper up the shepherd hook feeder poles to get a cheek-full of oilers, then they bury the seeds. I have sunflowers sprouting all over the place.

Since doing the landscape makeover, 3 squirrels have appeared at the oiler feeder. You can see the tail of one of the squirrels in the photo. They make a mess, but the rabbits, chipmunks and birds help clean it up.

The rabbits have been here for years. I often see 3-4 along with babies sometimes. They have no fear. They lounge on their side with legs outstretched, soaking up the warm sun. AND they chew select plants. The small plants (Gaillardia) in the photo are half the size they were when I bought them for butterflies. I gave up trying to have liriope. They chewed it as if it were lettuce.

coneflowerI recently planted 3 coneflowers for butterflies and this photo shows what the rabbits did to 2 of the plants. The deer-rabbit repellant seems to have protected the 3rd plant so far. It smells so bad that it would repel most anything with a nose. The odor does dissipate in a couple of days.

I also now have 4 crows coming to the front lawn. Not sure why.  The expression on Murph’s face was pretty funny when he first saw these over-sized birds.

Last AND least, I noticed a tiny toad living near the back steps. He’s a keeper.

Renovating the landscape around my home

One of the best valued fix-ups a homeowner can do to their home is their landscaping. If the home doesn’t have any when you buy it, then plant some as soon as you can … even before you add a deck. That way the plants can be growing – and increasing in value – as you enjoy living in the home. Then when you’re ready to sell, buyers will love the privacy you’ve built into the yard.

When I moved into my home 14 years ago, the only landscaping was the typical junipers under the front windows, a little sand cherry shrub at the corner, and a sapling maple in the front. In the years since, I have worked on doing a section at a time, so many of the plants are maturing and giving a nice privacy screen from the neighbor’s lawns. I try to select plants that provide food, cover and nesting for the birds that I feed. Some of the plants are also providing cover for the chipmunks and Attack Rabbits that have taken up residence in my lawn. I may have carried this nature thing a little too far.

They came … they saw … they stayed!

Last week, it was time to undo the builder’s plants in the front, plus, I had other plants that needed divided and moved to other locations. I use Outdoor Makeovers to do my work, so I called Bruce – the Sales Manager – to tell him I was ready to get rid of the front junipers and the sand cherry that was now a full-grown scrubby tree. We met, I gave him my ideas & budget, then he created a plan based on that. They did all the work last week, so I took before-after photos. I think everything we’ve done over the years is shaping up nicely.

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