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, August 5, 2015
Orioles’ sweet tooth?
Jams and jellies are good for
attracting some of our north Texas birds, including native birds such as
Orioles.Just don’t overdo it.
Commercial jams and jellies are usually about 50% sugar, whereas natural nectar
10 – 30% sugar. A little jelly is fine, but a steady diet of it messes
up birds’ metabolism.
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.