Written by an area Landscape Architect and birdwatcher with over 30 years of experience with landscaping in north Texas: what works and what doesn't. Emphasis on attracting birds to north Texas yards, and reducing required yard maintenance. Tips, trivia and proven advice for a natural, low-cost approach for this unique and sensitive part of the country.
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Saturday, August 17, 2013
Ugly, desheviled birds? Nothing to worry about at this time of year.
Boy is that bird ugly!
About this time of year, many
people see bald or scruffy-headed birds. It's most obvious on Cardinals. They aren’t seriously sick, and it’s
only temporary, so don't get worried. Since birds live outdoors they pick up tiny “feather mites”.
Their normal beak-preening gets rid of almost all of them, but they can’t preen the mites
from their own heads. Don’t worry - colder weather gets rid of the mites, and the
feathers grow back just fine.
like a lawn that’s cut high During our extremely hot, sunny
weather, birds appreciate a lawn that’s mowed high (about 3” or more). It keeps the soil cooler and plants healthier. To paraphrase a friend, when
Robins pull worms from the ground, they won’t need potholders.
As a licensed Landscape
Architect I can also recommend mowing lawns high in hot weather because the grass will be
healthier.Reason: all those tall grass
blades shade the soil, slowing evaporation, and cooling the roots of the grass
plants. It also encourages the grass roots to go deeper into the soil, where there's probably ample moisture. Result; - less water usage.