Animals Fruit

How to Grow: Bird Netting

Watch this video to learn how to protect and care for berries and fruits from birds with repellents and netting. Learn how to use bird netting to keep birds from eating berries and fruit. Listen to Podcast:   There's nothing better than watching the summer birds soaring around my yard, except when they decide on eating my prized berries! After coddling berry plants for years, bird protection is serious business. Cherries, strawberries, blueberries and elderberries are just some of the berry crops that birds love. Here are some ideas...

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How to Grow: Controlling Chipmunks & Squirrels

Learn about the best ways to control chipmunks and squirrels in your garden. Listen to podcast: Do you remember Chip and Dale and the Chipmunks? Well, those characters are the warm, fuzzy versions of these real life squirrel family pests. If you're a gardener you know that chipmunks and squirrels can be a pain in the bulb. These rodents aren't picky eaters. I've seen them eat tomatoes, roses, tulip bulbs, plums and many other plants. This year's warm winter and dry summer has really spurred them to venture into the garden looking for food...

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How to Grow: Controlling Deer

Learn the best ways to control deer and care for your garden. With a combination of fencing and repellent sprays, you can grow your vegetables, flowers, and fruits safely and keep deer at bay.  For more garden videos, check out the National Gardening Association Transcript Hi I'm Charlie Nardozzi of the National Gardening Association. Today I'd like to show you how to control deer in your yard. Deer browsing on your favorite trees, shrubs, perennials and vegetables has become a big problem across the country. As their population increases...

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How To Grow: Controlling Moles & Voles

Learn how to identify and control these pesky critters. Listen to podcast: What's eating your lawn? Got holes? If your lawn looks like a war zone, there are many possible causes. Certainly skunks could be digging for grubs or your neighbor's dog digging for fun, but if you see tunnels too, it's time to talk voles and moles. Although they sound alike, these are two very different creatures. Moles are completely subterranean and are carnivores. They feed on earthworms and other soil creatures, not your plants.  Other than forming tunnels...

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How to Grow: Controlling Woodchucks

Learn about woodchucks and the best ways to control them. Listen to podcast: How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood? I don't know. But they sure can chuck a lot of my beans, greens, flowers, and carrots. The woodchuck, groundhog, or whistling pig lives in burrows near open fields or woody edges. They also can take up residence under a porch, wood pile, or deck. Out in an open field they won't cause much damage, but if they find your garden, watch out. When my daughter was younger we had a baby woodchuck in...

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How to Grow: Dog Friendly Gardening

Listen to this podcast on how to create a garden to be dog-friendly. Includes tips on the types of plants, fences and ways to keep your dog out of the garden.   We have two dogs, Rosie and Linus, and lots of gardens. Luckily, our Cavalier spaniels aren't big dogs nor are they interested in digging, flopping on plants and wreaking havoc in our garden. But I have friends with other dog breeds that struggle having a garden AND dogs around. So I thought to offer some tips on how to have a dog-friendly garden and a garden friendly dog. I'm...

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How to Grow: Gardening for the Birds

In this podcast, learn how to grow the right shrubs and trees for birds as well as provide good habitat     Everyone loves the calls and sights of songbirds this time of year. They're a cheery reminder of spring and a delight with all their activity. But due to habitat loss, climate change and other factors, the populations of many song birds are declining. One way to help is to plant the right shrubs for birds. While the obvious choice would be fruiting shrubs, there are other factors to consider. Each landscape should have...

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Animals Bulbs

How to Grow: Protecting Bulbs

Learn how to protect your newly planted bulbs from animals such as squirrels and mice. Listen to podcast: Planting spring flowering bulbs is an act of supreme faith. We hopefully pop our tulips, crocus and hyacinth bulbs into the soil now with dreams of a rainbow of colors next spring. Unfortunately, we aren't the only ones loving those bulbs. Squirrels, chipmunks and mice are just some of the creatures that will happily munch on your bulbs under ground so that come spring all you might see in your garden are the weeds you missed last...

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How to Grow: Protecting Bulbs from Rodents

Learn how to protect your prized tulip and crocus bulbs from mice, voles and chipmunks from eating them after you plant in fall. By using bulbs that these rodents don't like to eat, such as fritillaria, daffodils and alliums, and either not planting tulips and crocus or mixing the repellent bulbs with the tulips and crocus, you can thwart these critters. Another technique is to use materials mice and voles don't like to tunnel through. Crushed seashells, oysters shells or gravel create a barrier they don't like to pass. Mix these in the...

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