3 tried-and-true ways you can get birds to visit your yard
While birds are fun to watch all year long it’s in the spring and fall, during migration, when you will see the greatest variety. So how can you entice these birds to flock by your home? Well, we spoke to Bob and Pam Gors, the owners of Wild Birds Unlimited in Macomb, for their advice on how to turn your backyard into a bird haven.
‘Deer Doctor’ to visit Ann Arbor virtually in April
Known as the “Deer Doctor,” Baker is an author, conservationist and consultant to the Humane Society of the United States. The city of Ann Arbor has spent $750,000 on deer management since 2015, when the Ann Arbor City Council approved a four-year deer management plan, according to the HSHV. “Scientists and wildlife biologists confirm that Ann Arbor does not have an overpopulation of deer. Within those responses, 700 reported not taking deer-preventative measures and 73% stated their enjoyment of seeing deer in Ann Arbor, HSHV said. AdThose interested in the free seminar with the “Deer Doctor” can visit hshv.org/gardenwithdeer.
U-M botanical garden’s greenhouse plant sale happening now in Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR – Air plants, succulents, cacti, oh my! The University of Michigan’s Matthaei-Nichols 2020 Greenhouse Sale has kicked off with a large selection of houseplant varieties. Once purchases are made, you can select a time to stop by the Matthaei Visitor Center for a contactless pick up. See the full online sale here. For more information about the gardens and upcoming events, visit www.mbgna.umich.edu.
City of Ann Arbor to offer free wood chips for residents Saturday
ANN ARBOR – Planning an outdoor project this fall that involves wood chips? The city of Ann Arbor announced it will be offering residents free wood chips for pick up on Saturday at five locations. The wood chips will be available through November, or until supplies run out. Wood chips are a great versatile material for outdoor use, including as mulch, path material, a base for playgrounds, chicken runs and more. Here are the locations for pick up:Veterans Memorial Park, 2150 Jackson Ave.Southeast Area Park, 2901 E. Ellsworth RoadAlmendinger Park, 655 Pauline BoulevardFurstenberg Park, 2626 Fuller Road721 N. Main St.✉ Like what you’re reading?
Metro Detroit volunteers help families grow produce for local food pantries
DETROIT A group of Metro Detroit volunteers spent their spring teaching families how to grow fresh fruits and vegetables to be donated to food pantries. Theyre limited on what theyre getting, especially in the field of produce.The goal is to grow fruits and vegetables for Detroiters in need during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. When the food is ready, those volunteers pick it up and bring it to food pantries or families in need. Produce has been delivered to more than 400 homes, in addition to food pantries. Volunteers are now thinking ahead to make sure theyre ready to deal with what happens in the fall and winter to make sure they have food supplies ready.
Which drink helps your thirsty flowers bloom the best?
Do these fizzy drinks work better for plants than traditional water? Kila Peeples found a few people who say that watering your flowers with various drinks can be beneficial. Do they work better than traditional water? She tested these theories for a couple of weeks to see which one worked the best. Watch the video above to see which drink helped her flowers grow!
Transform your small patio or garden into a beautiful floral oasis
Some may think that living in an apartment or having a garden on the smaller side means you cant have a wonderful sprawl of flowers. Kila Peeples went to Ray Wiegands Nursery in Romeo to find the perfect flowers and plants for a small patio, and what will bring pretty butterflies and other pollinators to your door. There are a variety of flowers to choose from if you have a smaller patio or garden area. From Begonias to Creeping Jenny plants that cascade down the sides of your flower pot, there are groups of flowers that thrive in small spaces. Watch the video above to see which flowers will bring butterflies to you garden.
Communities growing fruits, vegetables for people struggling during COVID-19 pandemic
DETROIT People are coming together to grow gardens that will produce fruits and vegetables for members of the community struggling during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. People with Metro Detroit agency, Hazon, came up with the idea for a relief garden. Youre getting bananas, youre getting oranges, there was some broccoli, Hack said. The organization is helping in 27 cities in Wayne County -- focusing on parts of Detroit and Rosedale. All the planting, watering and gardening is being done in the spirit of neighbors helping neighbors.