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Why Walkway Landscaping Should Be Your First Outdoor Project

Landscaping can be a very intimidating subject to many home owners. Most home owners may feel overwhelmed about how or where to begin when it comes to landscaping their property. Front yard walkway landscape may just be the ideal first landscaping project.

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Should You Clean Your Dryer Vent?

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Ornamental Grasses: The Life and Personality of Every Garden

We had a property back in Atlanta having these grasses. One thing you should watch out for though is the time when you need to cut off some portions to make it look fuller. But I guess you won’t even bother cleaning your junk by just looking at how these grasses serve their beautiful purpose.

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Modern Victory Garden Series: How to Grow Heirloom Bush Beans

If you are really determined to make a victory garden that can produce you green harvests after a few months, you should figure out how you will clear the lot first where you are planning to do this project. I actually called for a tree company in Norcross GA to help me accomplish this. I called to also ask them to do some tree trimming and pruning on my back yard. I wanted a clean-looking lot to start with but I did not want to have the old trees totally removed.

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Growing Happy Bromeliads in Indoor Pots and Gardens

A common hardy type of gift plant, bromeliads are often tough plants that require little care. However, many types of bromeliads exist, so you have to ensure that you get a hardy variety like the Queen’s Tears bromeliad. Above all, bromeliads are sensitive to overwatering and must be watered according to the needs of each individual type of bromeliad plant.

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What Are Bedding Plants and How to Grow Them

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How to Build a Simple Triangle Birdhouse

Have you ever enjoyed the cheerful singing of a bird in a nearby tree? Did you wonder how you could entice birds to come into your yard so that you could have that enjoyment more often? The answer is simple: build them a home and they will come.

It’s true. If you build a birdhouse and place it in a safe place, a bird will find it and soon make it its home. In no time at all you will have a happy little bird family living and singing nearby.

Building a birdhouse is easy and can be done with scrap lumber. And it doesn’t require a lot of carpentry skills. After all, the birds aren’t going to complain or criticize the house.

3 Tips to Clean Your Pool The Right Way

Everybody starts to daydream about all the fun they’re going to have when it comes to backyard pools. Its easy to get lost in the idea and think about all the glamorous weekend parties, taking up swimming as an energized fitness routine or cultivating the perfect tan lounging poolside all summer long. But in these fantasies, one element of pool ownership is very frequently overlooked: the maintenance. Without regular maintenance, it takes no time for a pool to fall from grace, and you better believe that no one would want to hang out by a pool that was once the talk of the town.

Whether you’ve owned a pool for a very long time or you are going to host a pool party for the very first time, its better to contact newcastle pool service for a thorough clean up. If you want to DIY, here are some tips you should follow.

Clean out the lint pot

You should take care of this every other week or so. Turn off the pool pump in order to do this and release the pressure on the pool cleaner system. You can locate the lint pot in front of the pool pump, inside the clear glass of your pool pump. Or you could add a debris removal and a leaf trapper system. Get a 2-speed or a variable speed pump sooner than later, they are worth the investment.

Clean out the skimmer basket regularly

Skimmers are installed on the sides of a pool, and it’s primarily tasked with skimming the surface of the pool before any debris or contaminants accumulate enough to get saturated and float to the bottom of the pool. Everything enters your pool through the surface, the more effective a skimmer is, the more effectively it’ll skim off the debris and contaminants better. Open up the access panel through your deck, and keep dumping the contents of the skimmer basket as required. Make sure to keep it cleaned out all the time, any accumulation could lead to serious health issues.

Keep an eye on the pool chemistry

Perhaps one of the most important things, you should regularly check your pool chemistry once or twice a week. You should maintain the pH balanced between 7.2 – 7.8. The lower you keep your pH on the scale, the less chlorine it’s going to require in the pool. As the pH level rises, the chlorine will start to become less and less effective; hence many people just keep on adding it. Controlling the pH level is very important as at pH 7.0 chlorine is approximately 50% active and when the level goes up to pH 8.0 the activeness goes down to 10%. Also, it helps keep the rest of your pool equipment working longer.

Why Walkway Landscaping Should Be Your First Outdoor Project

Landscaping can be a very intimidating subject to many home owners. Most home owners may feel overwhelmed about how or where to begin when it comes to landscaping their property. Front yard walkway landscape may just be the ideal first landscaping project.

If you start with walkway landscaping and successfully complete it, you will feel a sense of pride and accomplishment. Landscaping will seem less daunting and you will be able to almost effortlessly move on to the next project. Another appealing aspect of starting with walkway landscaping is because it has a practical value as well as aesthetic.

Walkway landscaping provides a path to walk on. You may decide to design either a straight path or a winding path. Limited space may limit your decision to a straight path. A winding path requires more space than a straight one does.

A word of caution: Even if you have the space for a winding path, it’s more complex to execute and build. Obviously a winding path would look more up to date and visually appealing. However, straight walkways can also be very visually appealing and are much easier to make. Whichever style of walkway landscaping you opt to use just be sure it matches the look you most desire.

Half your work may already be done for you if you have a walkway already. Take a good look at your walkway. In fact, take a notebook and sit down next to your walkway. Write down what you like about your walkway and what you don’t like about your walkway. Concentrate on what you would do to make your walkway more appealing.

Some things you may want to consider for improving your walkway; new paving stones, a line of flowers on both sides of the walkway, different color bricks or stones used in your walkway. Another item you may consider for your walkway landscaping is landscape lighting. It’s always best to illuminate a walkway at night for safety. You should also observe other walkways. Take note of what you like and dislike about those walkways. Combine all your different ideas to create your own unique walkway.

After you have the design of your walkway planned, you need to get the materials. The staff at major home improvement centers should be able to assist you with what you will need. Don’t hesitate to ask them any questions you have about your walkway landscaping plans. The staff is generally well trained and should be very helpful in providing guidance about your walkway landscaping needs.

It is best when building your walkway to use stakes. You use stakes and garden ropes to mark off the area. By doing this, it will help guide you on a straight path as you execute your walkway landscaping. Once completed, you will have the confidence to tackle your next landscaping project.

Should You Clean Your Dryer Vent?

Most of our homes have washers and dryers, they are probably one of the most used and abused appliances that we have. Little thought is often given to their maintenance.

Both the washer and dryer should be regularly looked over for any problems. The one part of the drying system that is most overlooked is the vent. This is the piping that carries the exhaust air from the dryer to the outside of the building.

The air that is exhausted from the dryer is wet and carries the lint from the clothing. This combination of moisture and lint will eventually clog the venting. A clogged vent could cause several serious problems.

  1. Because of the decreased air flow the dryer will be less efficient. It will take longer to dry a load of clothes, sometimes taking several cycles to finish the job.
  2. Carbon monoxide could back up into a home. If a dryer vent becomes so clogged it will not be able to discharge the air.
  3. If a dyer vent is clogged the excess lint could overheat and could cause a fire. This happens more than people would think.

So the cleaning of a dryer vent is vital to the efficient running of the appliance and the safety of your house.

A dryer vent should regularly be taken apart and cleaned. Many times this will only mean pulling out some loose lint and debris. In an extreme case you will need a brush to clean the inside of the piping. If you are not comfortable with this you should call a professional.

Several reasons that some vents will contain more lint than others are:

  • Putting clothes that are too wet into the dryer. The extra moisture will collect in the vent and collect the lint to the side walls of the venting.
  • Venting that is too long. Dryers can only exhaust the air so far, so the lint will collect as the air slows down.
  • Too many elbows on the exhaust vent will also slow the air down. Any condition that will keep the vent from exhausting easily is a problem.
  • Venting that has screws attaching the joints. This will catch any lint hit’s the screws. These screws must be removed and clamps or foil tape used to hold the pipe together.
  • Vinyl flexible venting will overheat and hold onto the lint. This venting is illegal, it should be replaced with aluminum flexible pipe or rigid piping.
  • The vent termination (hood) is obstructed or crushed, this will slow the exhaust down.

Any of these conditions should be repaired by you or a professional.

Remember that these dryer vents need regular maintenance for the good of your home and the dryer’s efficiency. It’s one thing that we moms overlook most of the times.

Ornamental Grasses: The Life and Personality of Every Garden

If you want something that is going to last in your garden the entire year, you should consider ornamental grasses. They provide an array of sizes, texture, and color to your garden. Ornamental grasses can be the focal point of your gardens, or you can use them simply for screening and privacy. They can be mixed in with plants and shrubs with dramatic results.

You will want to plant the small grasses around the borders of your flower beds. These provide a wispy touch to the usual straight lines of flower beds, and gives them a softer look. If you are planting your grasses on a bank, or ditch, you may want to layer them. You would plant the taller ornamental grasses behind the shorter grasses. This will give this normally drab area a feeling of depth and personality.

Larger, taller grasses that grow 5-6 feet tall can be used as privacy screens, as well as shade producers. When you plant them, be sure to space them evenly and with adequate distance between them to allow for growth as the grasses mature. These tall ornamental grasses will dance in the breeze and add a touch of life to your garden. No flower garden should be without a few tall ornamental grasses.

Warm season grasses are the most colorful in the winter. Long after all the other plants are sleeping the winter away, the warm season grasses are dominating the area. Their colors of tan, gold and beige stand out against the snow. Cool season grasses have their most growth through the spring, and some will remain green through the cold months. With a combination of warm and cool season grasses in your garden you can have color, texture, and life in your yard year around.

It is very hard to damage or kill ornamental grasses. They require little care. Most grasses prefer areas with full sun, while some may need partial shade. Always read any material that comes with your plant. There is not much need in fertilizing the grasses. A little will do just fine. If you fertilize these grasses too much, you may end up having to stake the taller grasses. They will grow tall and may start to lean. The best thing about having ornamental grasses on your property is that you will always have some form of plant life in your garden, and with each year they will grow more full.

We had a property back in Atlanta having these grasses. One thing you should watch out for though is the time when you need to cut off some areas to make it look fuller. But I guess you won’t even bother cleaning your junk by just looking at how these grasses serve their beautiful purpose.

Modern Victory Garden Series: How to Grow Heirloom Bush Beans

This year, I have ambitious plans for my garden space, and I’m borrowing the “can-do” attitude of the women of in the 1940’s. My goal is to feed my family as many home-raised food as I can, and decrease our dependence on cruddy, mass-produced, unethical, and unhealthy foods. Channeling my WWII sisters, this is war, and I’m determined to make a difference with my own modern Victory Garden.

Join me as I go through my list of heirloom seeds I want to grow in my modern Victory Garden and find out exactly what I’m supposed to do for each one, and how to use them after the harvest. Next on my list is:

Clearing the Lot

If you are really determined to make a victory garden (like me) that can produce you green harvests after a few months, you should figure out how you will clear the lot where you are planning to do this project. I actually called for a tree company in Norcross GA to help me accomplish this. I called to also ask them to do some tree trimming and pruning on my back yard. I wanted a clean-looking lot to start with but I did not want to have the old trees totally removed.

How to Grow Heirloom Bush Beans

From my research, bush beans don’t sound terribly difficult to grow. They like sun, water, and mulch, and they don’t like beetles. You also aren’t supposed to touch them when they’re wet, but otherwise, it doesn’t look like they’re too finicky.

Planting

Plant the first crop of beans 10 days before the last frost date (it depends where you are). Make a ridge in the soil 4-6 inches high, and plant the seed 1 inch deep. Seeds can be planted every 7-10 days after that (or once you start seeing your previously-planted ones sprout). If planting in the summer when the soil is drier, though, push down two inches so they have a better chance of getting water. Bush beans prefer full sun, and in a humid location, allow a little more space between plants.

Soil/Weed Control

Beans actually put nitrogen in the soil, and don’t need much fertilizer. A fall/winter cover crop of rye will give them everything they need when tilled under a couple weeks before planting. Well-aged manure can also be worked into the soil before planting in the spring. Bush beans like to be watered about once a week, or more often if the weather is dry. Straw, grass clippings or leaf compost all work well to keep their soil moist.

Pests

Beetles like beans, but can be picked off or sprayed with soapy water to discourage their snacking. Old trees can also invite harmful insects that can migrate to your beans so be sure to have your trees ‘cleaned up’ from time to time.

Harvest

One article I read recommended pulling the whole plant, harvesting the pods and then composting the rest to save work and bending over. I would imagine this would be okay if you’ve been planting more seeds in weekly succession, and those plants will give lots of good nitrogen to the compost.

A Few Heirloom Bush Bean Varieties:

  • Black Turtle Bean
  • Black Valentine Bean
  • Cherokee Wax Bean
  • Great Northern Bean
  • Light Red Kidney Bean
  • Navy Bean

Things To Do With Heirloom Bush Beans:

  • Knockoff of Panera’s Black Bean Soup (Black Turtle Bean)
  • White Chicken Chili (Great Northern)
  • Fresh Green Beans (Black Valentine)
  • United States Senate Bean Soup (Navy Bean)
  • Mom’s Mild Chile variation (Light Red Kidney)
  • Chile Mac variation (Light Red Kidney)
  • Sweet N’ Sour Wax Beans (Wax Beans)
  • How to Easily Can Green Beans (Black Valentine or Cherokee Wax)
  • How to Can Your Own Homemade Dried Beans or Peas (Great Northern, Light Red Kidney, Navy, Black Turtle)

I have high hopes for my modern Victory Garden and my heirloom bush bean seeds. There’s still plenty of room for error, but I now know exactly what varieties of heirloom seeds I want to grow and how to take care of them, and I have plenty of ideas of what to do with them after the harvest.

If you’re planning on growing bush beans this year, leave me a comment and let me know what you plan to do with yours!

Lastly, I really appreciate having found the tree company that helped me initially on this project.

For more information, contact:

North Star Tree Service
470 W Pike St, Lawrenceville, GA 30046
(678) 975-4868

Replace Your Old Medicine Cabinet to Update Your Bathroom

When searching for our first home, it was no surprise that the house we decided to purchase had outdated décor because it was 30 years old at that time. I am amazed at how fast time goes by and at how many little things we put off changing because we are so busy. One item that lasted longer than most in our home was the medicine cabinet in our bathroom.

Replacing a recessed medicine cabinet is a quick, easy way to change the entire look of a bathroom. However, we always put something else on our remodeling list ahead of the bathroom medicine cabinet. I did manage to paint the plastic trim a nice hunter green not long after we moved in because the Pepto-Bismol pink was just too much to handle (the hunter green also helped to hide the raised rose pattern in the plastic trim). I vowed another year would not end with the same bathroom cabinet so this week I purchased a new medicine cabinet and vowed to check that item off our home remodeling list.

Replacing a recessed medicine or bathroom cabinet is not that difficult provided you purchase the same size cabinet. Unfortunately, our home is so old that the newer cabinets were off by just an inch. To hide that fact, we just found a model that had an oversized mirror as the door and used wooden shimmies to fill in the inch on one side. The basics of replacing or installing a recessed medicine cabinet are fairly simple and standard.

Removing the existing medicine cabinet

Remove everything from inside the medicine cabinet, including the shelves if possible, before you begin to remove the screws holding the cabinet in place. Removing the shelves allows you easier access to the screws and avoids the possibility that a glass shelf will slide out and break during the removal.

Check the screws to see if you need a Phillips head or flat screwdriver to remove the screws. A hand drill with a bit or a cordless screwdriver makes the job a little less challenging but there are usually only four to six screws holding in the medicine cabinet.

Once you have removed the screws, slide the medicine cabinet out. I was shocked at how much dirt and debris was there so I quickly cleaned up the area before going any further.

Now that the old medicine cabinet is out, measure the height and width of the recess to take with you when you shop for your new medicine cabinet. Forgetting to measure the recess before you go to the home improvement store will cost you a wasted trip or even a trip to return the new cabinet because it does not fit.

Installing the new medicine cabinet

You are now ready to replace your medicine cabinet. If you are a man, just pull it out of the box and shove it in; however, if you are a woman like me you will read the directions first to make sure you do not need to assemble anything before installation.

Provided there is no assembly, the new medicine cabinet should slide into the recess. You will need a drill for installing the screws, as you will likely not be lucky enough to use the same holes as the old cabinet. Once you have secured the screws in place, install the shelves and admire you new medicine cabinet.

Fertilizing Flower and Vegetable Gardens

Reading the “nutritional information” on a bag of fertilizer is not so mystifying because, thankfully, there are certain rules that the makers of fertilizer must follow when they label their products. Almost always there will be three numbers, separated by dashes, on the front label (for example, 5-5-10). These denote the three nutrients that are of primary importance to most gardeners – nitrogen (abbreviation N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K) – and the percentage of the fertilizer that they make up.

These nutrients enrich plants in various ways, but generally speaking, nitrogen encourages the growth of foliage, phosphorus contributes to the roots and seeds, and potassium promotes overall health and vigor. A good rose or general garden fertilizer will contain an optimum blend of all three (this is known as a “complete” fertilizer).
However, there is no “one size fits all” type of fertilizer. This is due not only to the differing needs of various plants but also the soil conditions at any given time. Many people, unfortunately, never have their soil checked before they begin gardening. This can alleviate a lot of problems down the road. If the soil has too much alkalinity or acidity, then plants might not be able to assimilate certain nutrients even if they are present. Also, soil might have been already fertilized for years previous, leaving high levels of phosphorus and potassium; in which case, nitrogen would be the only fertilizer needed (specialized fertilizers, also called “incomplete”, exist for this reason).

However, assuming that the soil you will be growing in doesn’t need to be adjusted, you should begin by mixing a rose or general garden fertilizer into it prior to planting anything. Fertilizers applied to dry soils will typically burn plants’ surface feeder roots. Read the bag’s label carefully and only apply as directed; application times, amounts, and the conditions under which they should be used are all very specific and should be followed to the letter. Dry-type fertilizers can be tilled or spaded into the soil. The calibrated spreaders that are used to fertilize lawns also work in the garden (lawn fertilizers, however, are not good for garden plants). However you decide to do it, distribute the fertilizer evenly and water it in thoroughly after application.

Roses and many other annuals benefit from being fertilized once a month on average throughout their growing season. However, care should be taken when applying fertilizer to existing plants. It should be watered in where their feeder roots are located, which is generally the area beneath their drip line – the edge of their leaves. Be sure to spread dry fertilizer on the soil only, and keep it off plants’ leaves.

Organic fertilizers often have lower nutrient concentrations than synthetic ones, but they also contain nutrients that the others lack. It’s important to remember, also, that no kind of fertilizer can provide for all the needs of garden plants indefinitely. Nutrients not supplied will be depleted from the soil by plant use and leaching with water, over time. It’s a good idea to occasional supplement one’s fertilizer with organic matter such as manure or composted soil, to insure that a good balance is maintained.

Growing Happy Bromeliads in Indoor Pots and Gardens

A common hardy type of gift plant, bromeliads are often tough plants that require little care. However, many types of bromeliads exist, so you have to ensure that you get a hardy variety like the Queen’s Tears bromeliad. Above all, bromeliads are sensitive to overwatering and must be watered according to the needs of each individual type of bromeliad plant.

Common Gift Bromeliads

The common red-flowered bromeliad plant that is usually gifted through florists is called Guzmania. Along with the Vriesea bromeliad plant, the Guzmania plant is ideal for indoor growing because it tolerates environments with low light. The Zebra Star, a less common but more intricately patterned variety needs a bit more sun than Guzmania and Vriesea but can survive without direct sunlight, like in a living room with a window.

Bromeliads Get Nutrients From the Air

Bromeliads are epiphytic plants. Epiphytic plants pull moisture in from the air and from wetness that comes from falling rain, and do not collect water from the soil like your normal rooted plants do. Epiphytic plants by definition grow on the surface of something, and that something can be soil or other plants. Usually other plants. Orchids are epiphytic also. There are epiphytic plants in the ocean as well.

Even though epiphytic plants grow on the surface of other plants, they are not parasitic, meaning that they do not hurt the plant that they are growing on. Aside from bromeliads and orchids, another type of epiphytic plant is plain old moss.

Watering Bromeliads

Since they suck their nutrients from the air around them, colorful Bromeliads grow best in naturally humid rooms like bathrooms, and if the room is too dry, they need to be misted more frequently to keep them moist. Some bromeliads can tolerate lower humidity rooms like living rooms or bedrooms, but needs of specific plant types vary. Though bromeliads take water in from the air and from droplets on the plant, they do need a moist base of water. The frequency of watering depends on the bromeliad type. Understanding the needs of a specific type of plant is important in order to avoid overwatering, which kills the plant.

Keeping It Moist

If you have ever seen a movie in which a rich person keeps an orchid room, you probably noticed that the orchid room was separated from the rest of their home and was much warmer and more humid than the surrounding rooms. Because epiphytic plants like bromeliads and orchids take their moisture from the air, they either need a humid atmosphere or they need to be sprayed frequently to maintain the moisture in the plant.

What Are Bedding Plants and How to Grow Them

December through March is the time many gardeners begin growing their own bedding plants. This not only gives the gardener something to do while Jack Frost is furiously howling outdoors, but it can also be economical and a source of satisfaction.

There are many definitions of bedding plants and I’ll give you the one that seems to work best. Bedding plants are the showy plants that I place in my gardens every year. They can be perennials or annuals. Bedding plants can also be container plants, hanging plants, ground cover plants, herbs, vegetable plants, flowering plants, or whatever I want them to be. The main idea is that they are usually started from seed from December through March, and when all threats of frost have disappeared, they can be planted outdoors. As you can see, it’s a pretty broad definition.

Types of Bedding Plants

There are many types of bedding plants and here’s a short list of the most common that you’ll easily recognize: Snapdragon, Ageratum, Marigold, Morning Glory, Sweet Pea, Lobelia, Stock, Cornflower, Candytuft, Petunia, Panys, Verbena, Zinnia, Viola, Nasturtium, and Salvia are all considered to be bedding plants. Some of these you can recognize as annual bedding plants while others are perennials. All of these bedding plants are “instant gardens” all by themselves when in bloom because they’re very showy and attractive. Vegetable plants and herbs that are also started during this timeframe and considered to be bedding plants tomatoes, basil, parsley, and pepper plants. There are more in this category but these are the more common bedding plants.

How To Grow Bedding Plants Indoors

You don’t need a greenhouse to produce bedding plants, however, a greenhouse is usually ideal. If you have a sunroom or a nice bright room that gets sunshine during the winter months, that will work fine. Another ideal way to grow plants indoors is using a grow light. Grow lights can be purchased in local hardware stores, garden nurseries, or online.

A sunroom is a great way to start bedding plants indoors. All the little pots can sit in the sun or bright light all day and as the plants emerge, they’ll continue to get the light they need and warmth from the sun. Keep the pots lined against the walls and not the windows as windows may have drafts and they’re colder at night than a wall is.

Grow lights make it extremely easy for gardeners to grow their bedding plant seedlings indoors. Grow lights will satisfy the light and heat requirements for seedlings and help them to grow into healthy plants. With grow lights, you can have several of these around the house in different areas.

Why Gardeners Grow Their Own Bedding Plants

As a gardener, I can tell you that there are several good reasons why people grow their own plants. The first and probably the most common reason is because we can. We have green thumbs, usually more than two, and during the cold winter months, we need to fulfill our need to “dig in the dirt”. A pretty little green shoot sprouting from a seedling pot fulfills that need.

Secondly, by growing our own plants, they’re usually healthier than any plant we can buy in the store. We’ve nurtured it, fed it the foods we like, and watched it grow. When it’s time to relocate it outdoors into the garden, we know a lot about this little bedding plant and how it’s been cared for.

Thirdly, it’s cost-efficient. Most gardeners spend a lot of time tending to their gardens each year and researching new plants to add to their gardens. If there’s a particular plant that becomes a favorite, why not start several indoors from seed? Grow a few for the neighbors as some of them will undoubtedly like your plants and want to know where you bought them. There’s a lot of pride in growing things and sharing them.

Where You Can Buy Bedding Plant Seeds

Most local stores will not have their bedding plant seeds for sale until around February. If you want to start your bedding plants earlier than that, drop by your local garden nursery. They may not have their seeds out since most people tend to purchase seeds in late winter/early spring, you may have to ask for the seeds. It’s best to know what bedding plants you want to start from seed so that the nursery staff can find the right seeds for you.

 

Sources:

Planet Natural | University of Kentucky | Personal Experience

How to Build a Simple Triangle Birdhouse

Have you ever enjoyed the cheerful singing of a bird in a nearby tree? Did you wonder how you could entice birds to come into your yard so that you could have that enjoyment more often? The answer is simple: build them a home and they will come.

It’s true. If you build a birdhouse and place it in a safe place, a bird will find it and soon make it its home. In no time at all you will have a happy little bird family living and singing nearby.

Building a birdhouse is easy and can be done with scrap lumber. And it doesn’t require a lot of carpentry skills. After all, the birds aren’t going to complain or criticize the house.

Gather your scrap pieces of lumber and some small nails, wood glue and a hammer. You will also need a drill, a quarter inch drill bit and an inch and a quarter drill bit. You will also need a quarter inch dowel rod to make a perch or perches. A tube of caulking will help seal the joints.

This design is super easy to make and won’t take long. Of course, you can design your own and make it as big or complicated as you like. It’s up to you. And you can always make it a family affair and enlist the kids to help build several birdhouses.

Perhaps the simplest birdhouse to build is a triangle shaped one. Simply cut three squares the same size. One is the bottom and the other two are the sides. Nail and glue them together to form a triangle. Now cut two triangles to make the front and back of the house. To make an easy pattern, simply place the open triangle down on a sheet of paper. Reaching through the other end, draw the outline. Cut out the outline and draw it on a scrape piece of paper. Cut two of these. The back wall should be solid. However, you will need to make a door in the front wall. Use the inch and quarter drill bit to drill the opening in the center.

Then, using the small drill bit, drill one or two small holes below the door opening. Cut one or two pieces of the dowel rod, approximately two or three inches long. Glue one end of the dowel and insert it into the small hole. Let the glue dry completely.

Now insert the back wall and nail and glue it into place. It should sit just inside the opening, providing a small overhang. The front wall should be inset approximately an inch to provide some protection from rain and snow. Nail and glue it into place.

To finish the birdhouse, use a piece of corner guard down the middle joint. Seal the joints with caulking and allow to dry. Then paint the house and hang it. Placing it on a pole is generally better than hanging it from a tree limb. The birds will have more protection from squirrels that could raid the house looking for food.

Be sure to provide birdseed and a supply of water near the birdhouse. You should do this all year long, but especially in the winter. By providing our feathered friends with a home and food, you can be guaranteed the pleasure of their beautiful singing.