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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Sunday, May 10, 2015
Does your yard have the stuff that a Mockingbird eats?
About half the diet of a Northern Mockingbird (our state
bird!)is fruits and berries. The
other half is insects (including
insect-flavored suet, sometimes). As a Landscape Architect in Texas, I’ve
seen that they’re partial to native hollies, beautyberry, agarita, soapberry
and Mexican plum. However, if all the bugs in your yard are killed,
Mockingbirds (typically a very common
bird here) will probably go elsewhere.
moveable feast for birds Excellent
plants for containers in north Texas, to attract birds and butterflies like
crazy, are Lantana, Coneflower, Gregg’s Salvia and Mistflower. Large pots of
these (odd numbers like 3 or 5 look best) work well on a patio, or
anyplace else where lack of space is a concern (like an apartment balcony). In a large grouping of pots, I like to
plant one with a decorative native grass like Sideoats Grama.
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.