Now is the time of year when we can start enjoying our backyards. Unfortunately, it is also the time of year we share our yards with the flying hypodermic needle – the mosquito. We need not surrender to these bloodsuckers.

Bird of the Month – Scarlet Tanager

A tropical-looking bird, they arrive late in spring and leave early in autumn. The name “tanager’ comes from a South American Tupi Indian word meaning any small, brightly colored bird. A striking black-winged red bird, the Scarlet Tanager is a common species of the eastern forest interior. Despite its brilliant coloring it is often overlooked…

Birds of the Month

Summer Birds… there is nothing else like them. Two of our favorites include the nectar loving Ruby-Throated Hummingbird and the Eastern Bluebird. The Ruby-Throated Hummingbird beats its wings about 53 times a second! With all that fluttering, its no wonder these little guys love nectar. They need that sugary goodness to boost their energy.

Magnolia Warbler

There are many kind of warblers, but one of the most common warblers in Ohio during spring migration is the Magnolia Warbler. Look for them low in trees where they feed on insects. Males often feed higher up in trees than the females. These beautiful birds were named by chance when ornithologist Alexander Wilson spotted the bird in a magnolia tree.

Bird of the Month: Northern Flicker

Northern Flickers are large, brown woodpeckers with a gentle expression and handsome black-scalloped plumage. On walks, don’t be surprised if you scare one up from the ground. It’s not where you’d expect to find a woodpecker, but flickers eat mainly ants and beetles, digging for them with their unusual, slightly curved bill. When they fly you’ll see a flash of yellow in the wings and a bright white flash on the rump.

Fundraising that Rocks!

Fundraising that Rocks is a wonderfully simple year-round program that donates back to the local organizations that our customers care about. Whenever a customer shops at The Rock Pile, they can have us donate to their organization simply by telling us where they’d like that donation to go.

Seed Starting Tips

As promised, here is some more helpful information for planting seeds this year. Six Steps for easy seed planting. 1)  Start with a quality potting mix like Schultz Seed Starter Plus or Jiffy Seed Starter Mix.  These are light weight mediums that have all the nutrients your seeds need at birth. 2)  Larger pots promote more open development…