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Friday, June 02, 2006

Bird-friendly Lawn

Mr. and Mrs. Robin are feeding their babies and spend hours each day looking for food on our lawn. Therefore, we are glad we do not use pesticides. The safety of birds is always upmost in our minds. So many birds feed on the ground, such as American Robins, Eastern Bluebirds, Chipping Sparrows, Mourning Doves, Northern Cardinals, etc. If you want to attract birds and care about their well being, make your lawn bird-friendly. Do not use pesticides or insecticides on your lawn.

According To Fine Gardening magazine, the best way to have a healthy lawn is to start with good topsoil and the right pH of 6.4 to 6.8. Use the type of grass seed that is adapted to your region and disease resistent. Use slow-release, organic fertilizers. Mow your lawn high and leave the grass clippings as a source of nitrogen. Hand pull weeds.

We do these things and do not mind if our lawn does not look "perfect". Perfection is in the eyes of the beholder. Having happy birds feeding safely is perfect for us.

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