Create a Backyard Wildlife Habitat Provide a Birdbath Watch your landscape come alive by adding a splashy spot where birds can drink and bathe. Birdbaths are available in a variety of styles and materials. Birds prefer shallow basins (a maximum of 2 inches deep) that have a rough surface for good gripping.
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Provide for Nature: Cast-off cultivator tines are perfect perches for a host of summer bird treats. Oranges, apples, and a mesh bag filled with sour cherries beckon birds. When the season for fresh fruit passes, dangle suet cakes and protein-packed peanut-butter-filled pinecones from the curved tines.
Provide Bird Feeders Year-Round - Many bird enthusiasts bring out their feeders only during the cold months when birds benefit the most from free handouts. But spring and summer feeding offers big rewards, too. By keeping feeders filled year-round, you get loyal patrons.
A large terra-cotta saucer sits atop a tomato cage serving double-duty as a birdbath and trellis for climbing vines. To create an even more vibrant focal point, paint the saucer in your favorite color, or tie it into your garden's color scheme.
Garden Setting: A flagstone patio wends through a side garden, linking a car court to the deck area. The trickling fountain lures visitors deeper into the landscape, where the patio's water feature also becomes audible and the ocean views unfold.
Make It Easy Low-maintenance vinyl provides an updated look to the classic white picket fence. It keeps its pristine look -- and you never need to paint it because you buy in the color you want -- white in this case. Here's a hint: If a white fence feels stark in your yard, soften it by weaving rambling roses, clematis, or other plants through the pickets.
Provide a Sense of Place