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Question: 467-311
I understand that I need to have a bird house with wood shavings inside, if I want woodpeckers to use it. Can you also tell me about bat houses. Karen, Townsend, MA

Mort's Answer:
Bat houses are best placed under eaves of barns and tool sheds. If placed on trees, they need to be at least ten feet off the ground. Shady locations are best but not necessary. Both housing situations are tricky. Hollowed holes in trees are beat for woodpeckers but not all types care for houses with or without wood sawdust or shavings. Woodpeckers love drilling for insect eggs and bats will pick up plenty of flying insects at night.

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Question: 469-311
When is the best time to force forsythia? Charlotte, Narragansett, RI

Mort's Answer:
As soon as the buds are large, they can be forced open. If you pick them as small buds, you can watch the bud swell indoors. You can have bigger blooms, if Mother Nature does the swelling outdoors.

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