Hi everyone, welcome back to my home and garden blog. I can’t believe that we are already a month through 2017, it doesn’t seem real to me that it’s been over a month since Christmas and New Years and that winter is nearly over for another 9 months.
As I mentioned in my blog post, Gardening Trends, a couple of weeks ago I’ve recently been working more in my garden and making sure that everything will be ready for a floral spring and summer time. One of the ways I have been improving my garden is through sectioning areas of my garden off to create little individual spaces in the garden.
The area I’ve been working on the most over the last couple of weeks is my mini wildlife garden.
I’ve always loved wildlife and over Christmas I noticed that a family of foxes had moved in to the back area of my garden. I love watching them as they disappear into the woods and reappear back in their makeshift den.
One of the ways in which I have created a wildlife area is by creating a large area up high for birds and flying insects. I recently looked online and found some beautiful decorative bird houses. Bird houses are great for attracting different species of birds and encouraging them to nest.
There are many different things to look out for when building or purchasing a bird house.
It is preferable to look for untreated, unpainted wood, and if you can find cedar, pine or cypress then this is even better. A lot of birdhouses will use painted wood but I found some great birdhouses here; http://www.cheap.forsale/bird-house.
Another thing to look out for is whether nails, screws or staples have been used. Screws are the best as they remain tight for a longer period of time and are much easier to repair or replace.
There are a few different elements that you need to check to make sure that the birdhouse is watertight and will keep the birds dry.
A sloped roof will help drive the rain away from the inside of the birdhouse. it should ideally over hand the front of the birdhouse by between 2 and 4 inches, and the sides by 2 inches. This allows the birds to look out without allowing predators to look in. Good birdhouses should also have ¼ inch cuts which act as guttering to channel rain away.
The floor of the nest should be recessed. This means that the walls should hang at least ¼ inch longer than the bottom.
There also will need to be drainage holes inside the bottom of the nest. This will allow any water that has made its way into the nest to drain away easily.
If you are thinking about building your own bird house then check out http://nestwatch.org/learn/all-about-birdhouses/features-of-a-good-birdhouse/
Walls should be ¾ inch thick so that they are insulating to the nest. There should also be two 3/8 inch holes on each of the walls. This will allow cold air to come in and warm air to scape.
I hope this has helped you with what to think about when you look into purchasing a bird house. Check out http://www.cheap.forsale/ to see if there are any that appeal to you.
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