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Questions About Birds

Asked by
Anonymous on
June 1, 2011

Q. Weed And Grass Killers

Will weed and grass killers harm wild birds if sprayed around areas where they eat off the ground?

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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 10, 2011

Q. Getting Rid of the Birds Eating Off My Fruit Trees

I gave the birds most of my cherries, but now they are getting into my apricots that are just beginning to ripen. What can I do? Do tin foil stripes work? The tree is big and I am not good on a ladder, so netting seems to be out. What else can I do?

Answered by
Nikki on
July 11, 2011
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Tin foil strips may help, as well as hanging old CDs. The flashes of light off the shiny parts will startle the birds but eventually they do become accustomed to it. Netting is the best protection as it prevents the birds from getting to the tree, so perhaps you could ask a neighbor to help. Here is an article on some other things to try: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/fegen/protect-fruit-tree-birds.htm

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Anonymous on
July 19, 2011

Q. Mole Crickets

I have tawny mole crickets and they are destroying my lawn, including the new sod. I do not want to use poison, as I see the bluebirds and other birds hunting bugs in my yard. What can I do to address this problem without using poison? I am certain that this is the bug. I poured soapy water on them and caught one (of dozens that came crawling out of the ground). Brought it in and looked it up.

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Nikki on
July 19, 2011
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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 23, 2011

Q. Ant Control

Years ago I knew of a product that was a very sticky paste that you used to circle the trunk of a tree with. This kept ants from going up the tree trunk. I am now building a large box out on a farm to place week-old game birds in prior to releasing them when big enough. I am afraid that fire ants will travel up the legs of the box and get into the baby birds. I would like to find this paste so that I can put it around the box legs and keep the ants from getting into the bird box. Do you know where I can find that commercial paste?

Answered by
Cathy on
July 24, 2011
A.

Please check the web for some of the newer products that help kill fire ants.
Hopefully this article will be of some help:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/apples/apple-tree-planting.htm

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Asked by
Yvonne on
September 5, 2011

Q. Hummingbird Feeder

I have a tube like, 6-inch hummingbird feeder that I love but this year it drips when I hang it. Does anyone have a solution for this? There is no hole. It’s coming out of the hole for the bird to drink from. I got it at Walmart a few years ago and they don’t bring it in anymore. Help.
Yvonne

I know this is not a gardening question, but every gardener I know loves birds.

Answered by
weasel on
September 11, 2011
A.

Your feeder has to have an air leak somewhere or is hanging crooked , Take a straw in a fountain drink,cover the end and take it out. It should stay full till you remove your finger or turn sideways where air can displace the liquid. If it has a cork stopper it might be getting air inside.

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Asked by
lyndyloo on
April 3, 2012

Q. Trees Acttractive to Birds

Despite having a bird table with nuts, seeds, fatballs and mealworms available daily, I am having trouble attracting birds into my garden. My friend has advised me that the the lack of any trees is probably the cause. So, I would like to grow a decent size tree in a container if possible. Unfortunately I have no idea where to start! My garden is incidentally, west facing.

Answered by
Nikki on
April 3, 2012
Certified Expert
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Nearly any type of tree will attract birds, if for nothing else, it provides them with shelter. They particularly enjoy fruit trees or anything that produces berries (which are a nice treat in winter). These articles will help get you started in selecting a suitable container tree: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/containers/how-to-grow-container-trees.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/fegen/dwarf-fruit-trees-a-planting-guide-for-fruit-trees-in-containers.htm

In addition, you could also plant sunflowers in the area or add a water feature, like a birdbath.

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Asked by
teenybeany2001 on
May 31, 2012

Q. pesticides and hummingbirds

I used a systemic fertilizer/pesticide and also rose dust on my roses and now I’ve seen hummingbirds by my roses sipping nectar or eating aphids. Is this going to kill the hummingbirds or harm them in some way?

Answered by
Heather on
June 4, 2012
Certified Expert
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It depends on what kind you used. Some fertilizers and pesticides could be harmful, while others would not be. Do you remember what it is you used? I would be better able to tell you the effects if you can let me know that.

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