Feeding and observing birds have become favorite pastimes in the United States. Attracting birds can offer benefits to both the birds and the observers. Your success in attracting birds depends on how well you can fulfill their basic needs. Every bird needs three fundamental things: food, shelter, and water. Providing these basics help increase the bird’s chance of survival and encourages them to make more visits.

There are many ways in which you can introduce these basics into your yard. Bird feeders and nesting boxes are good ways of attracting birds. There are many types of feeders to choose from such as tray, platform, window, tube and house feeders. Make sure the feeder is strong enough to handle inclement weather and squirrels. Placing a birdhouse or nesting box in your yard is a great way to provide shelter and attract birds that normally nest in woodpecker holes or other tree cavities. A nesting box should be at least 6 feet above the ground, and preferably placed in a sheltered area that protects it from the rain and sun. A supply of water in a birdbath or pond is another incentive for birds to visit your yard throughout the year. Providing fresh clean water, choosing good feeders and putting up bird houses will ensure a variety of birds are attracted to your yard.

For many backyard birders, the best benefit of attracting birds is simply being able to enjoy them. Attracting them with proper landscaping and attentive care can lead to a range of other benefits that make enjoying the birds even more exciting and productive. Not only will you receive enjoyment watching the birds, but your yard will benefit from these visitors as well. Birds will eat up those pesky insects and consume weed seeds helping to control the spread of unwanted plants. Watching birds, interacting with them, listening to their songs and taking the time to work outdoors improving their habitat can help relieve stress and promote over all well-being.

Furniture can be very expensive so of course you want yours to last for as long as possible. If your furniture is starting to show distress there are some quick and natural fixes to get it looking as good as new. Scratches in wood are one of the most common furniture problems. Repairing scratches can be easy.

Here are a few ways to fix your furniture flaws without using chemicals:

Tea
Brew a cup of tea (use black tea). Make sure to let the tea bag steep for 2 to 3 minutes. If your wood is dark you will want to let the bag steep longer because the longer it steeps, the darker it will be. Dab the tea onto the scratches with a cotton swab. Be careful to wipe away the excess as the tea can also color the wood around the scratches. Depending on the color of the wood you may need to do more than one application.

Iodine
Use a cotton swab to apply iodine to the scratch. Use the same method as the tea remembering to wipe away the excess iodine so it doesn’t stain the wood around the scratch.

Instant Coffee                                                                                                                                       Instant coffee can be use to cover a scratch. Make a thick paste with the coffee granules and water, and rub the paste into the scratch.

Walnut Meat
Crack open a walnut and rub the walnut meat into the scratch. The oil from a walnut will conceal a surface scratch in wooden furniture. Polish the scratched area with a soft cloth.

 

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