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, June 10, 2015
...Birds like a lawn that’s cut high in the heat
During our extremely hot, sunny weather,
birds appreciate a lawn that’s mowed high (about
3” or more). It keeps the soil healthier and cooler. Birds can find a little
extra safe cover and more food. To paraphrase a friend, when Robins pull worms
from the ground, they won’t need pot-holders.
As a licensed Landscape Architect I can
also recommend mowing lawns high because the grass will be healthier.Reason: all those tall grass blades shade the
new growth and shade the soil - slowing evaporation; and making you water the lawn less and cooling the roots of
the grass plants so they grow better.
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.