Animals

Learn how to use bird netting to keep birds from eating berries and fruit. Listen to Podcast: There’s nothing better than watching the summer birds soaring around my yard, except when they decide on eating my prized berries! After coddling berry plants for years, bird protection is serious business. Cherries, strawberries, blueberries and elderberries are just some of the berry crops that birds love. Here are some ideas on preventing the damage. Bird netting is the most common protective device. Consider placing some tall stakes and a framework over the […]

Learn about the best ways to control chipmunks and squirrels in your garden. Listen to podcast: Do you remember Chip and Dale and the Chipmunks? Well, those characters are the warm, fuzzy versions of these real life squirrel family pests. If you’re a gardener you know that chipmunks and squirrels can be a pain in the bulb. These rodents aren’t picky eaters. I’ve seen them eat tomatoes, roses, tulip bulbs, plums and many other plants. This year’s warm winter and dry summer has really spurred them to venture into the […]

Learn the best ways to control deer and keep them out of your garden. With a combination of fencing and repellent sprays, you can grow your vegetables, flowers, and fruits safely and keep deer at bay.  For more garden videos, check out the National Gardening Association

Learn how to identify and control these pesky critters. Listen to podcast:   What’s eating your lawn? Got holes? If your lawn looks like a war zone, there are many possible causes. Certainly skunks could be digging for grubs or your neighbor’s dog digging for fun, but if you see tunnels too, it’s time to talk voles and moles. Although they sound alike, these are two very different creatures. Moles are completely subterranean and are carnivores. They feed on earthworms and other soil creatures, not your plants.  Other than forming […]

Learn about woodchucks and the best ways to control them. Listen to podcast: How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood? I don’t know. But they sure can chuck a lot of my beans, greens, flowers, and carrots. The woodchuck, groundhog, or whistling pig lives in burrows near open fields or woody edges. They also can take up residence under a porch, wood pile, or deck. Out in an open field they won’t cause much damage, but if they find your garden, watch out. […]

Learn how to protect your newly planted bulbs from animals such as squirrels and mice. Listen to podcast:   Planting spring flowering bulbs is an act of supreme faith. We hopefully pop our tulips, crocus and hyacinth bulbs into the soil now with dreams of a rainbow of colors next spring. Unfortunately, we aren’t the only ones loving those bulbs. Squirrels, chipmunks and mice are just some of the creatures that will happily munch on your bulbs under ground so that come spring all you might see in your garden […]

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