- Hang bird feeders and keep them filled.
- Learn about different types of feeders and seed and the birds they attract. If your garden hosts goldfinches, hang a thistle seed sock feeder. For woodpeckers, suet will please. Safflower seed can help give squirrels the brush-off.
- If you dislike dealing with seed hulls, buy seed hearts or meats.
- Provide fresh water all winter long with a heated birdbath, or simply add a birdbath heater to an existing bath.
- If your yard hosts a water garden filled with frogs, give those croakers a place to hibernate by submerging a plastic dish pan filled with clay soil. Frogs will burrow into the soil for winter.
- Keep your pond from freezing solid by installing a stock tank-type heater or stone bubbler.
- Maintain the water level in your pond through winter, even if you don't have fish. Water helps prevent the sun's ultraviolet rays from breaking down the liner.
Test Garden Tip: Apply deer repellent to trees and shrubs that these pests typically browse in winter. The Swedish product Plantskydd will protect plants all winter long with just one application.
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