February Weather and Water

February has been very dry with up and down temperatures. With the warm, dry weather I have received many calls asking, “Should I be watering the lawn and landscape plants?” The answer is yes, it is a good idea to water, if the ground is not frozen.

Wildlife will also benefit from adding water to the landscape and habitat. Keep bird baths and water features filled with clean water. A heated pet dish would be helpful when the temperature dips. Place a rock in these water features to provide a shallow perch for honey bees and birds. Honey bees will visit these water features when the temperature is above 45 degrees F.

MJ Frogge

Keep water features filled with fresh water for wildlife during dry weather.
When the temperature is above 45 degrees F, honey bees are out and would benefit from water features.

Decorate Outdoor Trees with Fruit Garland

An easy way to decorate outdoor trees that will benefit wildlife too, is to make a fruit garland.

Supplies:

cranberries

oranges cut in 1/2 inch slices

apples cut in 1/2 inch slices

cotton string, 3 feet long

large sewing needle

Directions: Put the cotton string on the large sewing needle and make a knot at the end of the string. Put the cranberries, oranges and apples on the string to make the garland. Alternate the different fruits to make your own design. Attach the garland to tree branches. Be careful not to injure the branches by tying the string too tight. Remove the string from the tree when the fruit is gone, to prevent girdling the branches later.

MJ Frogge

Feeding Birds

Last week I placed sock feeders for the American Goldfinch we have in and around the Cherry Creek Pollinator habitat. I also put up the sunflower seed bird feeder for our seed eating birds. We often see Dark-eyed Junco and Northern Cardinals in or near the habitat. It is important to keep your feeders filled through the winter because birds and wildlife will rely on them through the winter season.

MJ Frogge

Finch sock feeder
Sunflower seed feeder
Feeders in the Cherry Creek Pollinator Habitat