I was walking around our place the other day because I needed to break ice for the cattle, which winter had brought right behind our house. While on my little hike, I noticed all the birds on our ornamental grasses.
We believe in keeping our grasses tall and bushy for the winter, a technique that we learned by chance. One year we were really busy, and Tedd was unable to get the job done in the fall. And, as with a lot of things, our lack of time turned into a good thing for the birds. We see them all the time on the plumes eating the seeds or something. From that time on, we have left them tall and bushy until spring. Tedd has the most wonderful time!
Tedd used to gather the stalks with a big rope, use a chain saw and cut them off at the ground. Then, by mistake one time, one clump caught on fire. Boy, what a delight. Now, Tedd burns them all to the ground in the spring, just in time for the new growth. What used to take an afternoon to accomplish now takes about 30 minutes.
So, the end of this story is – the birds are happy and Tedd is happy. And, if Tedd is happy, then I am happy!! And if the birds are happy, then we both are happy!!