Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Peepers....There's love in the air

            Get some warm weather and a little rain and there will be a cacophony of spring peepers serenading you into the evening.


            We sometimes think they were created for our evening enjoyment and that may be partially true. Thankfully for you I am well versed in the Peeper dialect and will now translate for you what they are actually saying.

            It is a difficult language to learn because it is tonal, and, they only repeat the same two words over and over again. To understand these two words is to unlocked the mystery of their communication. 

            It’s only the males that speak, and it goes like this:


            “Hey Baby, Hey Baby, Hey Baby, Hey Baby, Hey Baby, Hey Baby.”

            Even in the amphibian world the male idiot brain thinks this mantra is making the females swoon, but the ladies just roll their eyes and dismiss this feeble romantic attempt. They do however key into how he is saying his stupid line. Only the loud ones with the clear tune will gain the affection of the fair damsels. The rest, well I guess it’s back to Miss Toad’s class for another year of voice lessons.   

            Funny thing about these peepers, and the other frogs vying for the affection of these ladies in green or brown, is that for some reason the males think the females are better looking on the other side of the road, and the males on that side of the pavement feel the same way; so they pass each other, and do so at great peril. At this point, the car is their most common predator. 

            Of course not all engage this gauntlet across the asphalt, some find dates in their own neighborhood. But I do wonder what the daring ones are thinking when they do make it to the other side and find the same bunch of foggy faces they just left.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Zone Dates

            Days like these are going to be those times when one goes out the door and gets hit upside the head with a severe case of Spring Fever.

            Yes, it is going to be warm out there, and yes, you will see things up and growing when you get home tonight that were not poking out of the ground when you left this morning.

            You will be finding yourself wanting to stop by a garden center, wanting to just look to see if anything is ready for sale. You’ve been longing for the end of winter for so long that you are beginning to convince yourself that maybe it would be safe to at least plant some Pansies, and maybe you could, if you can find them. But for the rest of the flowering greenery fight it my friend, it’s not time yet!


            We live in zone 6, and that was just upgraded from zone 5 a few years ago (which I believe was just a another ploy to get us believing in “global warming”).

            The “Zone Maps” tell us generally when the last freeze of the Spring and the first freeze of the Fall typically occur. Zone 6 places the last poetical freeze day on May 1, and some charts will even go as far as to say May 15.

            So let’s just put the little shovel away, and let’s not bother garden center guy, we have a little ways to go yet… hey, we have to get through the traditionally bad, cold, nasty weather of Spring Break yet.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Mulching the life out of growing Perennials

            When spreading bark mulch this early you run the risk of smothering some of the perennials that are not up yet. If you do not know where they are, from memory or by the missing dead foliage of last year, you may want to wait little.
            Some perennials like hosta can bull their way up through anything practically. Daylilies can as well but if it’s too heavy a layer they will suffer. Most others will just smother.
            If a perennial has a hard time getting to the surface and uses up more energy than what is typically used, it might not have enough energy to produce a flower, all you’ll have is a bed of green leaves.
            But if you do know where everything is, mulch away; just leave “mulch-free” zones around each known perennial site.
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Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Dreaded Lachanophobia


            Does your child suffer from Lachanophobia? Does he recoil and convulse while at the dinner table? Is there much weeping and gnashing of teeth because of this phobia; this “fear of vegetables”? Consider this, then, from a father of seven.


            One would think that out of seven children I’d have one that would have put up a stink about eating their vegetables, but we didn’t. I contribute this, to the fact that we had a garden to which they were all up close and personal. They saw the stuff grow, they got used to it little by little. They picked it and tried some of it while it was still on the vine, stem, or stalk. It wasn’t dumped on their plate during one of their bad moods; it wasn’t used as a punishment in order to go out and play. They were able to get used to it on their own time.

            I’m sure there are Psychiatrists out there that would love to charge you $100.00 an hour to get your little angel to eat his peas or beans. Till up a little spit of land and grow what they fear; I think you’ll be surprised at the results. Don’t have the land? 3 gallon shrub pots will work too.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Bird Problem Addendum:

            Yesterday I came upon a site that may challenge my Blog about keeping birds away from well traveled areas. I mentioned ammonia or a predator scents to keep them moving on. But that was called into question while traveling out in the country.  

            While driving yesterday, I came upon a family of crows enjoying a meal of “dead skunk”. Yep, it was a skunk, and it had been dead a while. One needs to hold their nose downwind of a live skunk; this happy family was burying their faces in a dead one.


            So I looked it up; and low and behold I discovered that ornithologists have been debating this a long time. It looks like most birds have virtually no sense of smell.

            Now they did say “most birds” not “all birds”, so I would still try the ammonia just in case your little feathered friend has a good sniffer. And if they are still wanting to build over your light just keep it on, until Suzy Sparrow gets the warm bottomed hint.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Unwanted Bird's Neats

            As I type away I see birds flying to and fro carrying stuff for nests.

            Why they build where they build is known only to them. I can’t imagine they stand there assessing the site with a scrutinous eye: “is it close to the bird bath”, do I see any cats”, “do I like the neighborhood?”

             No, I think it’s more like: “I’m not getting wet at the moment, and I don’t see any immediate danger right now.”

            It can be pretty cool to have a family of birds within viewing distance; and most times they are welcome. But there are those locations where “their new home” can be a point of contention. Like just above your exit door nestled on your outside light. Every time you go in or out they deem you as a threat and try to chase you away. The other problem is they “do their business” as they are flying up to the nest; now you’re washing your window every other day.


            This would be a good time to discourage these avian neighbors from the areas you wish them not to dwell.

            Just pulling down the building materials will not discourage them; I don’t think they know how far they are from completion they just know where to go, and that they’re not done yet. You’re going to miss a day, and they will have completed their building project, and you’re going to feel bad pulling down a completed nest.

            No, you have to make the area undesirable to them; and the best way is through smell.

            There are two approaches to this, household ammonia, or a store bought predator scent like fox urine. A couple of sprits of this and they will get the hint that this just isn’t the spot for them. But do it soon mom’s got eggs rumblin’ around inside her.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

“April showers bring May flowers.”


            Remember the little jingle:

                                    “April showers bring May flowers.”

            So unless you’ve got water pouring into your basement, or torrents of water cutting deep trenches into your lawn, just sit back and enjoy this necessary function of Spring in West Michigan. The results will be amazingly beautiful in just a little while.



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