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By: Admin    October 18 2017 , 10:34 am
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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...
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By: Admin    July 24 2017 , 12:28 pm
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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 alone, c...
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By: Admin    July 13 2017 , 10:35 pm
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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 regulations. 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...
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By: Admin    June 16 2017 , 01:20 pm
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Category: Birds , Nature , Landscape , Fun
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 ...
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By: Admin    May 19 2017 , 12:55 pm
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Category: Eco-Friendly , Birds , Nature , DIY , Garden , Art , Handmade
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 for them!If 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 ...
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