"I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven."
Emily Dickinson

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Fall is the best time of year to trim trees and shrubs

Workers take down a tree in South Orange County. Photo by J.J. Meyer
Breeding season is over, which makes fall the perfect time to prune trees and shrubs. If you haven't started, you better hurry, because it's a good idea to get it done before the Santa Ana winds begin to blow. It's the best time to prune summer-blooming shrubs and trim the browned-out top growth on dormant perennials.  But please leave enough foliage for birds to take cover. 

Keep in mind that hummingbirds will begin nesting the end of November. 

It's also a great time to plant trees, according to my friend Julie Bawden Davis, a master gardener. Check out her story in Parade.

Happy Birding!

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