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Q&A: Would I need permission to put up a bird feeder?

Question by BAnne: Would I need permission to put up a bird feeder?
I live in a 11 unit apartment complex. There is a huge tree outside my living room window. Would I need to ask premission before haning a bird feeder?

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Answer by helblindison
In a tree on the property, yes, you would need the permission of the property management company. If you wanted to hang a feeder on your poarch, probably not.

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Q&A: How much garden space do I need for 12 sweet potato plants?

Question by Sara: How much garden space do I need for 12 sweet potato plants?
I’m thinking of sending away for 12 sweet potato plants this spring; I’ve never grown them before.
If their vines can reach eight feet, how much garden space do I really need for that many?
Would it be bad if their vines crossed each others path?

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Answer by a different kind of Angel
Planting sweet potato:

The best soil for sweet potatoes is sandy, but they can grow in all soils. If you have heavy soil plant sweet potatoes on mounds or ridges.

Raising the beds improves the drainage (very important) and gives the tubers a nice deep soil to develop in. (Otherwise you may end up with small, bent and forked sweet potatoes.)

The soil should have a good supply of nutrients, for example from digging in mature compost. Do not use fresh manures or any fertilizers high in nitrogen (like pelleted chicken manure). You’d just end up with lots of leaves and no tubers.

Growing sweet potato:

Growing sweet potatoes requires some space, so plant them where they can spread. Space your cuttings or slips about a foot apart in a row, and leave three to four feet between rows. (If you plant in rows, that is…)

Mulch thickly between plants and even between the beds to initially keep the weeds down. Once the sweet potatoes grow they will choke all weeds down themselves.

For planting time the general recommendation is to plant a patch in spring. (May in the northern hemisphere, November in the southern). In a cool climate you may indeed have to get by with a single planting. Sweet potatoes do need four to six months of reasonably warm weather to mature.

But in the tropics one big spring planting does not make sense, unless you are a commercial grower.

Sweet potatoes don’t keep well after harvest, so the best way is to plant a few cuttings every week or two. Just one row of one meter length, with three cuttings. They will take about 16 to 18 weeks to mature in warm weather, longer in cooler weather.

That way you can grow sweet potatoes all year round, and you don’t find yourself with a big pile of them all at once.

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Information You Need To Read On Bird Bath Heaters

Information You Need To Read On Bird Bath Heaters

If you think that warm baths are just for humans, then think again! Even birds could benefit in bird bath heaters and because of this, installing one in your garden might be a good idea.

There are a number of positive reasons why you should consider having bird bath heater. One, you can provide warm and cozy haven to any bird, including the rare ones, that flies around your garden. Another thing is that you can improve the beauty of your lawn just by adding this kind of accessory.

When it comes to buying bird bath heater, it is important that you know what you want before hand. If not, you might just spend too much time in choosing what you can have. Also, you might end up buying something that would not fit with the rest of the decorations, thus, putting your money in the bin.

To keep you from wasting significant amount of time and money, here are three bird bath heaters that you can look at:

1. Solar bird bath heater is the latest and most popular selection of bath heaters for birds. With the amount of electricity that lawn owners can save, it isn’t really surprising.

This kind of heater is found already installed in some garden bird baths. Solar powered bird bath fountain is an example of a standing heater. Of course, if you want to go for something that can be easily moved, you can also find hanging bird bath.

Unlike other heaters, this kind can also be found as an accessory to your bird baths and feeders. In this case, you will have to install it on your feeder or bath.

So, what makes this heater interesting? Well, the fact that you don’t have to pay any bill to enjoy the view of birds flying around your garden is already a good thing.

Another thing is that you don’t have to worry about cables. Because you don’t have anything to plug them, there will be no wire. Because of that, your solar heater can really add interesting look to your garden.

2. Birth Bad de icer is another heater that you can consider. Its temperature is controllable because of the thermostat. Of course, unlike the solar type, this will require electricity to work.

Interestingly, although de icers are power dependent, their consumption is not as big as you are imagining right now. And that is because they automatically stop working once the water attained 34% of temperature.

3. Heated bird bath usually comes into two popular designs. Ground bath and hanging bird bath. Unlike the solar type, this one is electric dependent, without energy then it can’t work unless you opt for those battery types.

The good thing about this is that you don’t have to worry about installation because the heater is already a part of your heater. This means you don’t have to spend extra cash just to provide astray birds a place to refresh and enjoy their selves.

Bird bath heaters are of various types. There are those that are made of plastic and there are also those that are concrete. For this reason, it is encourage that you visit places or sites that says “bird baths for sale”.

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Need of Bird Control

Need of Bird Control

First let’s study what Bird Control actually is and why it is required?

Bird Control is an effective method which is highly required these days in order to avoid intrusion of birds in unwanted areas such as crop fields, fruit orchids, public monuments and buildings. As it safely discourage birds from landing, pooping and nesting on our prized possessions, including our food. Though birds help in destroying many worms and insects that infest orchards, but many birds by themselves like blackbirds and starlings attack apple orchards and peck holes in apples just as they begin to ripen. So, Bird control is essential.

What are the methods of Bird control?

Many reasonable to costly methods of Bird Control are available in market like Netting Bird, Bird Repellents, Pest Bird Control, Spikes Birdand all these methods are effective in one or the other way but most reasonable and effective of all the methods are two Netting Bird and Bird Repellents.

Netting Bird

Netting Bird one of highly effective bird control solution considered ideal for courtyards, patio covers, and rooftops. Properly Installed Bird Netting is an impenetrable barrier against pest birds. In order to keep birds away from fruit trees, crops, vineyards agricultural netting is another type of Bird Control instrument comes under netting bird which is helpful in this. Heavy-Duty bird netting often prescribed by architects is helpful in keeping birds away from building and structures. Bird Netting is done with the help of a mesh and it is very important to install correct size of mesh to keep birds away from your courtyards and moreover the size of mesh is in accordance with the size of birds. It is very important to place netting over window recesses, balconies or even whole rooftops to prevent birds from reaching nesting areas.

Bird Repellents

Bird Repellentsare of many types discouraging birds from landing on plants, crops, fruits etc. Some of the Bird Repellents are in the form of gel which are not harmful for humans as well as for birds they just make the surface of the plants or leaves slippery for birds to sit, others are in form of shiny which unable birds to land in specific areas as birds get very quickly irritated with any shining object and they are not able to land because that causes distraction to them. Other bird control products used by many building managers include electric-track Bird Repellents. These present birds with a harmless, but irritating mild electric shock that discourages them from landing. Once shocked, birds alter their habits to nest or feed on that particular building.

Pest Bird Controlwith help ofSpikes Bird

Pest Bird control has become highly important because all birds weather its pigeons, sparrows, seagulls, starlings, crows or geese, all bird pests can cause serious problems. As there is high concentration of uric acid is found in bird droppings. Which can cause discoloration of paint, staining of wood, eroding of metal and can even crumble concrete and expensive stonework? And moreover can lead to serious health problems, as bacteria, fungi and parasites that live and grow in bird droppings can carry and transmit any of 60 known diseases. The fleas, mites and ticks that attach themselves to birds can also carry those diseases. One especially effective bird control device is the Spikes bird that keeps pest birds from landing on rooftops, awnings, gutters and girders.

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I found a dead baby bird in the herb patch of my garden. Do I need to destroy the herbs?

Question by Dan Pearl: I found a dead baby bird in the herb patch of my garden. Do I need to destroy the herbs?
The bird was a bit red and the herbs it was near are basil, parsley and chervil.

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Answer by Bear
only if the bird was partially or mostly decomposed and there was maggots on it. and even then it is not really necessary.

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You Need A Pest Bird Deterrent

You Need A Pest Bird Deterrent

Homeowners, is your patio being rained on by bird droppings? Do you find yourself washing bird droppings off your BBQ every week? Are your rain gutters clogged with bird nests causing water to always overflow into unwanted areas? What about your pool or spa? Do friends and family avoid it because of bird droppings in the water? If the answer is yes to any one of these questions, it’s time you looked into a pest bird deterrent.

Boat owners, is your pride and joy covered with bird droppings? Does your beautiful blue canvas boat cover rip due to hardened bird poop? Are your antennas and masts covered and jammed up with droppings? Do people slip and fall on the slippery poop left by birds as they move about your vessel?  If so, you need some serious pest bird deterrent.

Property managers, are pest birds destroying the businesslike atmosphere you’ve worked so hard to create. Are your air conditioning units and rooftop ventilators grinding to a halt? Are your solar panels and security cameras plastered with poop? Is your outdoor eatery losing customers due to bird droppings on tables and chairs?  If so, you know what you need to do–get some bird deterrents!

If you run a day care center or school, is the outdoor play area covered with disease carrying bird poop? Are the outdoor lunch tables splattered with bird droppings? If so, read on. You need some pest bird deterrent ASAP.

Fortunately, for all those who have been putting up with pest birds, there are many highly effective pest bird deterrents to choose from. These are readily available, easy to install and safe for birds and people.

Let’s start with flash tape. This simple bird deterrent is often made of iridescent material that shimmers and reflects in the sunlight. Tape made of thin metal will crackle in the breeze. The combination of these audio-visual distractions work to disorient and confuse most pest birds. Ideal for indoor or outdoor use, flash tape is an ideal bird deterrent for use in barns, sheds, storage areas, warehouses, docks, farms, carports parking lots, homes, boats and boat docks.

A close cousin to flash tape is the Bird Scare Balloon. Often covered with looming reflective predator eyes or other bird-threatening markings, your typical bird deterrent balloon is about 16″ diameter when fully inflated. Pest birds see these balloons bobbing in the breeze and they will fly away. The best balloons are constructed of a U.V.- and weather-resistant vinyl. They are ideal for deterring pest birds from fruit trees, gazebos, boats, patio covers, and building overhangs. Balloons are also an ideal way to discourage geese and ducks away from pools. When filled one-fourth with water and allowed to float around the pool, birds will stay away.

Another bird deterrent that has proven itself to be effective in many applications is the Bird Spike strip. Armed with menacing looking spikes that discourage pest birds from landing, these simple devices have kept pigeons and other large birds from ledges, windowsills, rooftops, commercial signs, billboards, parapet walls, I-beams, and other open areas. Spike strips are currently available with flexible stainless steel spikes or rigid unbreakable polycarbonate spikes. The blunted spikes are harmless to birds and will not cut or injure people. They typically come in two-foot sections and are easily installed with screws or adhesive. Installed properly, their non-reflective metal finish makes them all but invisible from the ground.

Birds really can’t stand this next deterrent–Bird Gel. Easily applied using a caulking gun on virtually any flat surface, this stuff dries, but stays sticky. When birds land on it, they can’t wait to get their little footsies off. Safe for birds and humans, bird gel is ideal for ledges, rooflines, beams, signs, conduit, pipes and other problem areas. The sticky gel typically lasts up to 6 months outdoors.

Next up is the utterly simple Bird Slope. These angled, slippery PVC panels prevent birds from landing. Their little footsies scramble and scamper like “Road Runner.” Pest birds soon give up and move on to more secure landing zones. Easily installed on ledges, eaves, beams and other areas, the best bird slopes are U.V. protected and sun and weather resistant. The panels provide anti-perching, anti-roosting protection against all types of birds, including swallows, starlings, pigeons and seagulls. Some panels have a “snap-on” extender, which allows them to easily adapt to wider ledges and coverage areas.

Still another effective pest bird deterrent–Bird Netting–has proven its worth in orchards, vineyards and other large areas. There’s heavy duty bird netting made of high strength polyethylene for really demanding applications–like air hangars, garages, factories, warehouses, eaves and canopies. Better bird netting is often made from a U.V.-resistant mesh for lasting durability. You can order netting in various mesh sizes and cuts to deter a wide variety of bird species and types.

To give pest birds a shocking reception, you might try the Electric-Track bird deterrents currently being marketed. Birds land on these and get a mild electric shock that persuades them to move on. Ideal for small and large pest birds, some electric tracks feature a low-profile design that’s barely visible from the ground. The tracks usually get their “juice” from an AC charger or solar charger.

Everyone knows you can scare pest birds away by clapping your hands. But do you really have the time and energy to clap them 24/7? The solution? Audio Bird Deterrents. Designed to scare pest birds from large open areas, these systems emit distress and predator calls. Some systems have a repertoire of as many as 22 bird calls. The sounds are repeated on a regular basis to remind birds that this is not a “safe” place to land or roost. Ideal for deterring pigeons, crows, woodpeckers, sparrows, starlings, swallows, gulls, grackles, cormorants and many other birds, some audio bird deterrents have the flexibility to add more speakers that will extend the coverage range up to six acres.

Alex Kecskes is a freelance writer focusing on humane and effective bird control. You can find additional information on the bird control products listed in this article at Absolute Bird Control


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Why You Need Birds in Your Garden


by BWP13

Why You Need Birds in Your Garden

Garden birds are not just about looking nice while hanging from your bird feeders, they actually provide a vital role. If you are a keen gardener then you may already have birdfeeders in your garden to attract your local birdlife, but if you don’t here are some good reasons why you should.


If you are a keen rose grower or maybe enjoy the produce of your vegetable plot then you will know how difficult it is to keep away the pests. You can be sure that whatever is your favourite plant in your garden there is a bug or beetle around making life difficult.


You could use pesticides and chemicals to rid you of these pests but I think we are all aware of the ecological effects of chemicals in our environment and especially if you are growing veg or fruit you will want them as natural as possible to get that home grown taste.


By now you will have probably worked out where I’m going with this, it’s easy to take garden birds for granted but if you can make your garden a comfortable place for them to be, to feed, to rest and to play the will pay you back by eating every bug and beetle they can find. Now you may think that if you use bird feeders they will ignore the natural food and keep to the nuts and suet, but you would be surprised, once you have created a haven for your garden birds they will be spending a good deal of time there and that includes hopping about and doing bird type things, which includes hunting for bugs amongst the beds and bushes, it’s their natural behaviour and so the more birds you have in your garden the more effective they will be at keeping the pests down.


Other Useful Jobs

It’s not just pest control that the local bird life are skilled at, there are plenty other jobs they will do for you while they are in your garden. I’m sure at some stage you will have seen a finch hopping about on your lawn pecking at the ground a rooting for worms, a big garden worm is a tasty meal for birds and they are always keen to find them, well, once again they are helping us out, by pecking and rooting around on the grass they are aerating the top surface of the grass which will aid growth of your lawn and help it remain healthy and green.


The next job your garden birds will help you with is re-seeding of plants, this may not be an exact science but if you are a fan of a natural garden then they will be a useful and completely natural way of distributing the seeds of your favourite plants around the garden at just the right time of year, if can be a great surprise when you see where it turns up next year. This works when the birds are eating the berries and seed pods of the plants in your garden. They aren’t the most careful of eaters and will clean themselves after a meal, when they do this they wipe their beak on a branch allowing the left over seeds to fall back to the earth and re-seed.


The other natural method of seed distribution happens when they finally go to the toilet, not all the seeds will have been digested and the bird deposit will provide perfect nutrients to get the seeds off to a great start in the soil where they fell.


So you get all these jobs done for you by simply inviting your local neighbourhood birds into your garden.


So get those bird feeders up, make or buy a bird bath for them and help them to help you this year in your garden, they will thank you for it!

If you thought that was a great article just wait until you see GardeningYear.com It’s jam packed with great gardening guides and ideas. Are you still reading this? why are you not over there yet??? What are you waiting for! Thanks for reading my article.


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Q&A: Need tips for stopping chipmunks from feeding at bird feeder.?

Question by kissy poo: Need tips for stopping chipmunks from feeding at bird feeder.?
We put some wire caging around the tube-style bird feeder that allows the smaller birds to feed yet stops the larger birds from feeding, but the chipmunks get in and eat lots of bird seed. Any suggestions on how to stop chipmunks from using the tube bird feeder?

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Answer by Kyle B
Sit and wait for them, when you see one BLAST IT!!!

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Why Your Home and Garden Need Bird Control

Why Your Home and Garden Need Bird Control

by Arlene Connolly

Not everyone is aware that more than 60 human diseases are related to birds and their droppings, and some of them can even be fatal to humans. When birds cause damage to your home, they leave ugly stains, cause the structure to deteriorate, and may also lessen the value of your property. In addition, experienced home owners can tell you that the repairs, maintenance and clean-up from their invasions can be quite expensive, and humane bird control provided by Bird-B-Gone is a preventive measure you can take to keep expenses down.

Some reasons for using bird control around your home

Woodpeckers can severely damage wood homes, siding and shingles, and Canada geese can ruin your lawn. (They can also make quite a mess of your property if they are not controlled.) Blackbirds and starlings can eat the fruit and vegetables you cultivate so carefully in order to economize and feed your family well, and the great blue heron will go after the fish in your pond, if you have one.

Pigeons are generally considered to be “the number one bird pest” in America, their numbers are increasing, and their nesting instincts are strong. They usually mate for life, live in communal flocks that travel together, and tend to seek locations where adequate food and shelter can be found. To deter them, try installing a post-and-wire system that also makes a potential landing unstable for seagulls and larger birds.

Taking control of the situation

As you plan your strategy, remember that pest birds can be very determined in finding what they want and need. Since they seek out roosts and nesting places where they will feel comfortable and content, you want to make your home and garden unappealing and unwelcoming to them without causing them any harm. . You should also know that Bird-B-Gone, Inc. sets the standard for modern bird control, their products are humane and easy to install, and they require no maintenance. If pest birds have been returning to your home and garden for many years or the problem you face is especially severe, you will probably want to use a combination of their fine products to solve it and keep the pest birds away.

You can choose from many options for complete bird control

Sound deterrents are often used to ward off starlings, blackbirds, pigeons, woodpeckers and other pest birds. Eventually, they will become used to hearing one repetitious sound, and you will want to select a device that features the sounds of predators and birds in distress with variations. Bird Chase Supersonic uses state-of-the art technology to provide easy volume adjustment, and it is also an inexpensive way to protect your home and garden. The system’s rigid construction makes it resistant to sun and weather, and you can adapt this device to suit your particular needs. It provides the distress calls of 22 types of birds and comes with an internal speaker, you can also connect four external speakers to the system to increase your coverage area up to 6-acres.  The Bird Chase Supersonic can be used in your garden to keep pest birds from destroying your precious plants.

Visual Bird Control devices can help do the job

Visual devices are used to repel many types of pest birds, and they must involve movement in order to be effective. For example, The Bird-B-Gone Balloon is an “inflatable scare device” that confuses and deters birds with its lifelike predator markings and eyes they will automatically tend to avoid as they move on to a more favorable location.

The Bird-B-Gone Diverter has an iridescent foil eye to protect your home from birds during the day and a glow-in-the-dark back to keep them away when the sun goes down. You can also use flash tape, made from iridescent red foil, to create what bird control experts call “an optical distraction zone” to do the job.  Use the diverter on the sides of your home to scare pest woodpeckers away.  They are also ideal to use in trees to keep the pest birds out.

Some devices make it difficult for pest birds to land

Roost inhibitors, which are quite effective in keeping birds away from roofs, beams, ledges and other surfaces, are probably the best-known methods of bird control, and they include spikes and netting. Bird spikes are available from Bird-B- Gone in two varieties and various colors and sizes to suit every need and situation. Made from unbreakable polycarbonate, the plastic bird spikes are extra strong and rigid; also available are marine-grade stainless steel bird spikes. The polyethylene knotted netting in Bird-B-Gone’s product line is a favorite with architects because of its durability in all kinds of weather conditions. It keeps out all species of birds; ideal for use protecting fruit trees and eaves of homes.

The solar bird repeller sweeps birds away with its 5-foot radius rotating “arms”. Birds see the rotating “arms” and go elsewhere to land. It comes with two 2.5-foot telescopic rods, a solar panel that powers the motor, and three AA rechargeable batteries for extended operation during dark periods.  The solar bird repeller is great for patios, on patio furniture and boats.

For more information, visit www.birdbgone.com.

Bird-B-Gone Inc. is the leading manufacturer of affordable and effective bird control products.

Why you Need a Professional and Secure Garden Office

Garden offices are specially designed offices set up in a person’s garden. It provides a very convenient work atmosphere for people who want to work from home. With your home just a stone’s throw away you get to experience the same comfort as working from home without the usual distractions. New mothers, a person suffering from disability, a person whose main office is very far away or even a person who just wants to work from home would be benefited from having a garden studio at home. A Garden office or lodge blends in beautifully with the garden and actually makes it more attractive. Even the materials used are eco-friendly. Not only can you use the garden office for work, but can also convert it into a guest room or an extra bedroom as and when required.

The dazzling range of garden offices offered by gardenlodges.co.uk is one of the most comprehensive available in the market. The flexible modular design of the structures allows you to customize the office according to your needs and also get it attuned to your beautifully manicured garden; thus solving adequately all your garden designing needs. The garden offices of gardenlodges.co.uk are built is such a way that you can stay and work in them throughout the year without any problems. A very negligible amount of heating is required and the same goes with air conditioning. Consumption of electricity is also minimal. Eco-friendliness is highlighted during the construction of the garden offices. The materials used and the technique, both put stress on that fact. Provisions to add a bathroom or even a kitchen allow you to use your garden office as a mini-home.

The garden offices available at gardenlodges.co.uk are constructed keeping with the standards of the British Building Regulations. Each garden office built by gardenlodges.co.uk is done following a careful study of the site conditions, and after taking into consideration other aspects like garden fencing. They are also carefully insulated and double-gazed. Environmental factors are also considered during construction and eco-friendly larch cladding is used to finish the construction. Cedar roofing shingles are used not only for protection but they also mellow as the years pass. Excellent soundproofing is provided that allows you to not worry about sound escaping out and extra care is taken to provide unrestricted passage of natural light.