The Regal Canada Goose

 
The Regal Canada Goose


In some ways, it’s unfortunate that these regal birds have adapted so well to human environments. Some see Canada geese as pests because they leave their droppings on golf courses, parks, trails, and lawns. But gardeners should consider the positive side of things: free fertilizer.

These wonderful waterfowl are handsome, wary, and fiercely protective of their young. And the plaintive honking of Canada geese as they migrate northward in spring—maybe to stop at a pond near you, is both haunting and welcome.

LOOK for a big, proud, gray bird with black legs, a black neck and head, and a bright white “saddle” on the cheeks and chin.

LISTEN for the fascinating sounds geese make: honks, of course, but also clucks, moans, groans, cackles, and all the other chitter-chatter of the goose “language.”

 

 

STAY AWAY from goslings, or be ready for Mother and Father Goose’s hissing approach.

ATTRACT geese with grains such as corn, wheat, or Rice spread on the ground.

DID YOU KNOW that several Canada goose subspecies exist, from the 3 to 4-pound Richardson’s variety to 12 to 15-pound giant Canada geese?

 

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Fed Up With Rabbits? 
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Red pepper, moth balls, vermiculite, dog hair. You've acquired quite the arsenal to help you battle those darned rabbits that keep raiding your garden.

Yet they still come!

We have a better idea: Try a radical change in strategy. Instead of trying to eradicate them, which is nearly impossible, control their snacking.

 Gardener's Supply offers lots of useful tips to help gardeners minimize rabbit damage. The first step is to understand their eating habits. Then you can try some of the controls suggested in the article.

Remember that rabbits do most of their feeding in the evening and at night, so if you apply repellents, do so at the end of the day. And be prepared to experiment: You might have to try several before finding a repellent that works for your situation.

My neighbor recommended Irish Spring soap, shaved and sprinled onto and around favored plants.  It works pretty well until a heavy rain - but, it does make the yard smell good.

Anything you apply will have to be more than a one shot deal until enough generations learn that the patch of clover you left in the lawn is better than a tough, old hosta.

Since they have many litters of bunnies, and often, you will need to be diligent. We have a couple of mature bunnies in our yard that eat grain outr of a dish now and are growing less interested in the ornamentals.

Rabbits and humans in peaceful coexistence? It's worth a shot!

 

Photo courtesy of Home & Garden

BULBS 101

(EDITOR'S NOTE:    We recently discovered a great website that offers a wealth of insight and information about flowering bulbs AND doesn't seem to try to sell you anything. We have gained permission to link to Dig, Drop, Done and hope you enjoy it. Now, if they can only come up with a full proof deterrent for the squirrels who eat our bulbs.)

 

Bulbs: Beauty In a Bottle

Bulbs are a natural product. And, as such, follow a natural cycle of growth and rebirth. Enjoying their fabulous flowers means planting ahead; simply "dig, drop, done" in one season then "delight" in the next.

Bulbs are among the easiest flowers to grow and also the most stunningly colorful to enjoy.  

Even the most novice gardener can create a breathtakingly beautiful spring, summer and fall garden with bulbs.

 


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