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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Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Cooler weather's coming here fast. Get ready now!
if you have no trees...
Fall is here, and cool weather is right around the corner - falling leaves and all! A
tree without leaves can look gloomy, but a simple, old method can liven things up
by attracting bunches of birds to it. There’s even a simple way to attract
tree-loving birds, when you have no trees.
mix up what I call “tree goop”; peanut butter and seeds - like the old scouting
trick. I use cheap peanut butter (smooth or crunchy – doesn’t matter). Into it
I blend (with a sturdy utensil) a bunch of fresh birdseed containing black-oil
sunflower seeds. There’s no magic ratio, but the more seed there is, the more
it appeals to birds.
visit your bare trees and liberally spread some of the mixture on it (at least
a square foot).(in north Texas, most leafless trees are Post Oak, Blackjack Oak, Green Ash and
Cedar Elm). With the addition of the “tree goop”, however, the birds will
bring some color. You could spend a lot more money buying some costly,
pre-packaged mixtures. But the results are the same.
you don’t have a tree (which means few,
if any, squirrels), try a log section (pictured). All it is is a log about
a foot long and 2” to 4” in diameter.Simply screw an eye-hook into the top, spread some “tree goop” and hang
it outside. Any “clinging” birds in your area should find it.
OWEN YOST, in addition to being a
blogger, is a licensed Landscape Architect emeritus who has lived and worked in
north Texas for over 30 years. He is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement
Award of the Native Plant Society of Texas, and is a member of the American
Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), International Federation of Landscape
Architects, National Wildlife Federation and the Audubon Society. His office is
at Yost87@charter.net in Denton.