Category Archives: Bird Feeders

Birds hanging out a feeder in winter

Which Winter Bird Seed Works Best?

Birdwatching is one of life’s simpler pleasures and one that becomes easier to do when you have the right food on hand to attract our feathered friends.

And it doesn’t even have to be warm-weather activity. Even in the dead of winter, you can put out some bird seed and watch birds explore your yard from the comfort of your living room.

Here are a few bird seeds you can find at our Mendham NJ garden center that will bring birds to your backyard this winter.

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Feeding Your Feathered Friends: A Guide to Winter Bird Feeders

Bluejay and suet feeder in Winter

If there’s one thing we know about birds, it’s this: take care of them, and they’ll take care of you.

Birds are what’s known as a “beneficial” animal, helping to pollinate flowers and feasting on the types of pests we don’t want in our gardens.

And while most other beneficial creatures – bees, ants, bats, small mammals – tend to vanish this time of year, there are still plenty of birds around. Continue Reading Feeding Your Feathered Friends: A Guide to Winter Bird Feeders

How to Build a DIY Bird Feeder

DIY bird feeder

If you want to become a bird watcher, you could pick worse places than New Jersey, where you’ll find such colorful creatures as the blue jay, the cardinal and the brilliant yellow goldfinch (our state bird).

And don’t think that you need to trek through the woods with binoculars to spend time with birds. When you build a DIY bird feeder, you can let the birds come to you.

Here are a few suggestions for building your own bird feeder.

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Gardening Gifts for Mom

Mother's Day Gardening Gifts

Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and you’re probably thinking about what to get mom.

You can always go with one of the popular standbys: a meal at her favorite restaurant, some jewelry, or fresh-cut flowers.

But what about the moms who grow their own flowers? Or who would rather eat a salad from their own garden than one at the Olive Garden? A trip to your friendly New Jersey gardening supply store might be the answer. Read on to explore our list of gardening gifts for mom:

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Your Guide to Winter Bird Feeding

New Jersey bird seedNot all birds fly south for the winter. The ones that stay up north face a tough few months once the weather gets colder. Most of their natural food supply has been exhausted, and insects have died or gone into hibernation.

As we’ve said before, birds are beneficial animals, helping pollinate our flowers and feeding on potentially harmful insects. And backyard birds rely on us to help them get through the winter. You see a birdfeeder in your yard, they see a port in a storm.

With that in mind, here are a few types of birdseed New Jersey birds will enjoy feasting on this winter.

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Which Bird Seed Will Bring Birds to Your Yard?

winter birdfeedersWinter is coming, but not every local bird will be flying south. If you want to spot birds in your yard this winter, consider putting out a few bird feeders. The wider variety of bird seed you put in those feeders, the greater diversity of birds you’ll attract.

Here’s a look at some of the more common types of bird seed in NJ, and the birds that eat them, courtesy of the The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and other sources.

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