Yard & Garden Report



NDSU Yard & Garden Report for November 1, 2019
Did You Winterize Your Lawn?
Prepare your lawn for the long winter ahead.
Image Frost on lawn
Frosted lawn.
Landscaping to Attract Birds
These trees and shrubs will attract birds to your home.
Image JPEG image Bohemian waxwing on mountainash
Mountainash. Waxwings and robins can’t resist the berries in fall. Mountainash trees grow best in cool soil; spread bark mulch under the tree to help with this.
Image JPEG image Robin in juniper
Juniper. Juniper berries are an excellent source of food in winter. Evergreens, in general, provide excellent nesting cover and winter shelter—essential in our frigid climate! Spruce, pine and fir are other useful evergreens.
Image JPEG image American cranberrybush viburnum
American Cranberrybush Viburnum. The bright red fruits persist on this tall shrub all winter. Birds value these berries in late winter when other sources of food in nature are scarce.
Image JPEG image Pagoda dogwood
Dogwood. Birds gobble dogwood berries in fall. The branches of redosier, pagoda, silky and gray dogwoods are attractive and provide good nesting cover.
Image JPEG image Waxwing on hawthorn
Hawthorn. An exceptional small tree. Its colorful fruits nourish birds through late fall and winter. The thorny branches provide a cat-proof, protective site for nesting.
Image JPEG image Serviceberry
Serviceberry. Related to Juneberry, you will be tempted to harvest the delicious fruits before the birds find them. Other shrubs that feed birds in summer and provide good nesting sites include buffaloberry, raspberry and elderberry.
Image JPEG image Hackberry
Hackberry. Bird-friendly landscapes offer multiple layers (high, medium, low) of plants for nesting. This tall tree tolerates alkaline soil. Birds eat hackberries during winter.
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