When you think of a “living fence,” what comes to mind? Perhaps a vision of towering evergreen trees, their branches swaying lightly in the wind. Maybe you picture a flock of cardinals, singing as they hop around a festive holly bush. Either of these scenarios would be right on track, because living fences give any landscape the perfect blend of diverse ecology and lively splendor!Natural fencing is very beneficial both for the homeowner and the environment. Fences made of shrubs, trees, and other such resources comprise a natural “edge habitat,” where various types of wildlife can find shelter and food. Living fences effectively keep away unwanted guests. Natural barriers also add charm to any landscape, and come in a range of beautiful, functional varieties. No matter what you are looking to add to your lawn – tall, wide trees, a short and neatly-kept hedgerow, or sprawling bushes...
When considering fine feathered fowl for your backyard, many
people immediately think of chickens. But why not consider raising ducks instead? Not
only do they make adorable pets, but ducks are surprisingly low maintenance and
also have many benefits for your yard. I recently spoke to a duck owner, Marana Moore, about her
experiences raising magpie ducks. “I love the fact that ducks are great for the garden on top
of being a food source. They offer fantastic natural pest control, eating
harmful insects like cutworms, beetles and slugs with relish.
Left on their own these kinds of insects can wreak havoc on vegetables and
flowers in a very short period of time! I'm thankful that my quack squad keeps
them well under control, with far less damage to landscaping than chickens
would cause.” Marana said. Chickens are certainly more
destructive to your landscaping. If left
If you are into fresh, homegrown food, creating a more
sustainable lawn, and feeling a great sense of accomplishment, then you may
want to consider buying chickens. There are numerous benefits to raising chickens, and setting up a backyard coop is relatively simple; so where to
begin? Even though zoning laws vary from state to state, and there are many
options on how to set up a coop, which breeds to buy, and how to maintain a
healthy flock, owning a bird or two may be more rewarding – and accessible – than
you think.Often people do not own chickens because it is illegal
to do so in their area; so before you rush to the farm supply store, make sure to
research your county’s zoning
Contacting your local health board may also be necessary, and speaking directly
to a county clerk can be helpful in understanding the legal documents you will
need to access. Just make sure that you ab...
Looking for a unique summer destination that will enhance
your love of the outdoors? While travelers in Virginia often go to the coast
for a vacation both sunny and enjoyable, there is another waterside option just
waiting to be explored.The James River is a place where adventurous days meet
peaceful nights, where history combines fun, and where the wildlife hums to the
tune of “My Old Virginia Home”. This lengthy waterway flows through a landscape
that is both enticingly beautiful and steeped in southern charm, making it the
perfect getaway for nature enthusiasts, history buffs, and tourists alike.
Starting at the confluence of the Cowpasture and Jackson rivers in the
Appalachian Mountains, travelers can follow the James all the way to the
Chesapeake Bay, at Hampton Roads. While the James spans roughly 348 miles in
length, its basin covers 10,000 square miles, comprising about 25% of the
state of ...
Spring has arrived, bringing blue skies, soothing breezes, and buds bursting to bloom - the perfect inspiration for crafty projects that brighten up the outdoors and take full advantage of the season!Bird feedersThe
return of chirping and nesting birds to your garden is one of spring’s most
notable delights. Give your avian guests some love by creating a cute feeder
you have wine bottles hanging around, turn them into truly stunning feeders. This guide from The
Garden-Roof Coop shows you how, though it requires drilling knowledge. For
something simpler and kid-friendly, this bird feeder project on Instructables uses a plastic
jar and a Frisbee, and is a great way to get kids involved with a project they
will love personalizing!Old
baking dishes can have renewed purpose for the birds. Here are guides for using
a muffin tin ...