Category Archives: Wildlife

Protecting Young Trees from Deer

Your young, newly planted trees are very attractive to our healthy white-tailed deer population. Not only are the leaves and tender young growth within easy height for feeding, deer will utilize young trees for rubbing their antlers and do serious damage to the bark and trunk of even newly planted trees. Continue reading

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Landscape for Wildlife: A New MGNV Facebook Series

In 2021, Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia will introduce Landscape for Wildlife, a new series of educational posts on Facebook which will run weekly on Thursday mornings starting Jan. 7. Landscape for Wildlife will focus on the services that native species can provide to endangered pollinators, birds, small mammals, and other wildlife when homeowners include them in residential landscapes. Continue reading

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Cicada – periodical, annual and killer!

by Mary Free, Certified Master Gardener By now you have seen or heard (reports about) the periodical cicadas of Brood II. You also may remember back to 2004 and the Brood X cicadas (the largest and most widespread of all broods). … Continue reading

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Cedar Waxwings, Windows and Cats

Written by Mary Free, Certified Master Gardener Since many native foods are scarce this time of year, bird feeders can be quite busy. Birds, such as cardinals, finches, chickadees, titmice and sparrows, prefer black-oil sunflower seeds (hulled seeds cause less … Continue reading

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