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Archive for the ‘Landscape Design Challenges’ Category

Fencing Plants for Deer Protection

Posted on: December 19th, 2013 by ENF , Comments Off on Fencing Plants for Deer Protection

FencingPlantsforDeerProtectionENF DesignsAs many of you may also do, as often as I see deer in my yard, I still run to the window to gaze upon them. I don’t know what it is…I never get tired of looking at them. My husband and I just got back from a trip to Arizona and the Grand Canyon. When we were driving along the south rim of the Grand Canyon, there by the side of the road was a large buck with an impressive rack. We jumped out of the car to photograph him and he let us get right up to him. It was a truly amazing experience. But, nevertheless, as much as I like deer as wild animals, (or not so wild as they seem to be lately), they eat our trees and shrubs and THAT IS NOT ALLOWED!!!

Now, as most of you know from my landscape designs, the plants that I design with are deer “resistant”, plants that deer usually don’t nibble on. During a snowy winter though, when there is a limited amount of plant growth for them to eat, they will often stray from established patterns and feed upon our precious landscape plants.

The best defense, especially for those of you who live in areas with large deer populations, is a strong offense! Fencing your planting areas is a safe way to protect your plants from undue attention from our furry friends.

I believe one of the best things to use is black polypropylene deer fencing. It is barely visible from a distance and is like netting – the squares of the fencing are too small for the deer to get their mouths through. Attach it to posts and pin the bottom to the ground with galvanized stakes every 12 feet so deer can’t crawl under it. It can be used around your plantings and over them as well. I’ve seen it available in 6 ft., 7.5 ft. and 8 ft. heights. This is a good way to save our plantings from unwanted nibbling attention.

Plantings to Attract Birds

Posted on: November 17th, 2013 by ENF , Comments Off on Plantings to Attract Birds

PlantingstoAttractBirdsENFDesignsAccording to the National Audubon Society, some varieties of birds in North America have seen declining populations, some by as much as 50% in the last 40 years. Some of this is due to loss of habitat as more and more land gets developed; some of this is due to pesticide control as the insects that the birds eat get killed by farmers and homeowners; another reason is that migrating birds have also seen their winter tropical habitats decline as those lands also get developed.

Well we, as garden lovers, can help our little feathered friends in their times of need! We can design in our landscapes trees and shrubs that produce berries and seeds that birds like to dine on as well as plants that create good nesting sites and shelter. Some examples are: Oak, Ash, Maple, Crab Apple, Dogwood, Viburnum, Cotoneaster, Coral Berry, Holly, Barberry, Pyracantha, Rhododendron, Juniper, Spruce, Pine, Echinacea and Rudbeckia. Hummingbirds love to sip the nectar of Weigela, Trumpet vine, Clethra, Hibiscus and Honeysuckle to name a few.  We can also plant flowering plants and flowers that attract insects that other birds prefer as food.

Another thing we can do, which a lot of you already do, is put up bird feeders and bird houses. We just have to remember to put those bird feeders up on long poles to discourage our other furry friends, (such as squirrels), from feasting on the bird seeds!