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Caring for your birdhouse

Rhino Birdhouse

If you are like me, you love birdhouses and feeders.  Nothing like seeing the birds perching on their house/feeder or watching as they care for their young.  I like to have my situated to where I can watch them from the deck without disturbing them.  And we all know that along with having birdhouses comes the not so wonderful job of cleaning them.   

You will need to wait until there are no birds in the nest. Most leave for the winter but can vary on when.  If you have not seen any activity for two weeks, it should be safe to clean it.  Birdhouses should come with a vent for air circulation and a door or opening allowing you to clean it out.  If you have one of our birdhouses, there are two screws on the bottom allowing you to take off the bottom. 

Steps are pretty simple.  Wait till the birds are gone, put on gloves and clean out whatever is in there. Some people use a bleach cleaner to kill any germs or fungus.  I just use a mild anti-bacterial soap like dawn.  It’ just a personal preference. 

Bird sitting on tongue
Bird sitting on tongue

Another tip to keep in mind if you have one of our birdhouses/feeders/planters.  You can extend it’s life by spraying a clear UV sealant on it about once every two years.  They sell this at most hardware stores.  Just look for the kind that is non-yellowing and good for outdoors. 

Happy Halloween

Fall is my favorite time of the year with Halloween being my favorite holiday!  The temps are cooler but not too cold, trees are turning beautiful shades of color, and kids are running around enjoying the season.  And with Halloween, even the pets can participate in the festivities. 

There’s just something about seeing all the kids in costume ringing the doorbell, eyes all aglow with excitement.  Normally we decorate the yard, however, this year our schedule did not allow it. The grand-kids are also away so it was not as much of a priority.   When we do decorate, we like to go all out – life sized casket, couple of ghouls, tombstones, and more.    

Foam Tombstone
DIY Foam Tombstone

There is a gentleman who does tutorials on creating all sorts of Halloween items. He is using the business name of Stolloween.  Google him if you are ever curious about making some really neat items.    

On your Halloween, be safe AND have fun !