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Thursday, February 23, 2006

Hedges without edges from the LA Times

Today's Home section of the Los Angeles Times has an interesing article entitled Hedges Without Edges.

One of the most useful comments, among many, is that many of us plant hedges that grow too fast, give them too much water and prune them so they grow too tightly.

The article provides great hedge examples and a short list of plants to consider for your own hedges. the California Bay (Umbellularia californica) sounds like something I might consider for my own garden as it tolerates shade and only grows about a foot a year.

Link: Hedges without edges by Emily Green
Link: Books about hedges

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

HOW TO - Easy bird feeder hangers

This great page from Instructables, a collection of visual How-To's, offers some great ideas for mounting bird feeders around your yard.

HOW TO - Easy bird feeder hangers

Terrie has a good how to on making hanging bird feeders - "Use flag-holder brackets, paint bucket hooks, and conduit/tubing to make it easy to hang your bird feeders where they're visible but still safe from the neighborhood cats."


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Sunday, February 19, 2006

Video - Sepulveda Wildlife Area Bird Walk

We had a fun, if a bit wet, bird walk at the Sepulveda Wildlife Area yesterday afternoon. We saw many different species and hundreds of birds of all types. Click on the photo to view a short video of our walk.

I will be putting together an audio podcast of our adventure, with more detail and an interview with our leader, Keri, in the next week or so.

You can join Keri on similar birdwalks in the next few weeks. Visit this post for more information.

Link: Sepulveda Wildlife Area Bird Walk Video
Link: Upcoming Bird Walks with Keri
Link: Great Backyard Birdcount Web Site
Link: Related info on birds from WelchWrite.com
Link: Books on Birdwatching

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