Backyard Birding

by Lynn on April 16, 2014

Feeding and observing birds have become favorite pastimes in the United States. Attracting birds can offer benefits to both the birds and the observers. Your success in attracting birds depends on how well you can fulfill their basic needs. Every bird needs three fundamental things: food, shelter, and water. Providing these basics help increase the bird’s chance of survival and encourages them to make more visits.

There are many ways in which you can introduce these basics into your yard. Bird feeders and nesting boxes are good ways of attracting birds. There are many types of feeders to choose from such as tray, platform, window, tube and house feeders. Make sure the feeder is strong enough to handle inclement weather and squirrels. Placing a birdhouse or nesting box in your yard is a great way to provide shelter and attract birds that normally nest in woodpecker holes or other tree cavities. A nesting box should be at least 6 feet above the ground, and preferably placed in a sheltered area that protects it from the rain and sun. A supply of water in a birdbath or pond is another incentive for birds to visit your yard throughout the year. Providing fresh clean water, choosing good feeders and putting up bird houses will ensure a variety of birds are attracted to your yard.

For many backyard birders, the best benefit of attracting birds is simply being able to enjoy them. Attracting them with proper landscaping and attentive care can lead to a range of other benefits that make enjoying the birds even more exciting and productive. Not only will you receive enjoyment watching the birds, but your yard will benefit from these visitors as well. Birds will eat up those pesky insects and consume weed seeds helping to control the spread of unwanted plants. Watching birds, interacting with them, listening to their songs and taking the time to work outdoors improving their habitat can help relieve stress and promote over all well-being.

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How to Get DIY Savings

by Lynn on April 9, 2014

Who doesn’t like to save money? A penny saved is a penny earned and there are some quick and easy do-it-yourself tips that you can do around your home to help the savings add up.

1. Did you know a shorter dryer hose will make your dryer run more efficiently? You could save up to $25 a year by just trimming the dryer hose. Make sure to trim the hose length just long enough to pull the dryer a few feet out from the wall.

2. Keep the closet doors closed. Not only does it make your room look neater it will also keep you from heating or cooling more square footage. You could save up to $50 a year by just closing the closet doors.

3. Check the water heater and make sure it is set to 120 degrees.  You may have to wait a few minutes for the shower to heat up but you could also save up to $30 or more per year on gas, oil, electricity, or propane.

4. Replace all your light bulbs with energy-efficient halogen bulbs, rather than incandescents. Just by doing this you could save a whopping $20 per fixture on electricity over three years.

5. Chim chiminey, chim chim cher-ee! Get your chimney swept in the summer. Having your chimney done in the off-season will save you money by getting an off-season price. You could save approximately $50 per flue.

Just doing these simple tips can save you hundreds of dollars a year.

 

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Homemade Playdough

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