• If any of the folks on your list feed the birds, the Squirrel Stopper Universal Baffle, with a suggested retail price $49.99, is the perfect gift. It fits any round or square pole from one-half to 2 inches in diameter and is guaranteed to keep squirrels from raiding the feeding station. The Squirrel Stopper Baffle comes in two halves so the feeding station need not be dismantled to install it. The bullet-shaped stopper baffle floats on three springs and is made of ABS plastic so it won’t rust.
This baffle utilizes the same technology as the Squirrel Stopper pole system, which has sold more than 16,500 units and not one squirrel has beaten it. Jeff and I have had our Squirrel Stopper up for almost three years and no squirrel or raccoon has been able steal our seed. Wow, what a money saver.
It’s available at Wild Birds Unlimited in Royal Oak, English Gardens in West Bloomfield Township and Back Yard Birds in Plymouth. It can also be purchased online at www.worksgreat.net where you can check out other Squirrel Stopper systems.
• For the older gardener or the extremely busy gardener, help with spring cleanup is always welcome.
“A gift certificate for a spring cleanup is great for any homeowner,” says Julia Dingle, owner of the Garden Company, a professional landscape design and maintenance firm based in Rochester, (248) 388-8581.
“It’s such a relief to have the job done in one day and the home gardener is ready to hit the ground running when planting time arrives.” Dingle’s company also specializes in all manor of outdoor decorating, including spectacular container gardens.
• Gift certificates are also a great way to give a special gift and support your favorite independent garden center. There is nothing better when spring shopping than to be able to buy that plant, container or statue you lust for but is a stretch for your budget. Package the certificate up with a boxed Amaryllis or some paperwhite bulbs, and the green thumb on your list will love watching them grow and burst into bloom in the next few weeks. This is truly a gift that keeps on giving.
• An invite on a mystery trip on a cold winter’s day will warm the heart of any green thumb. Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, www.meijergarden.org, sponsors special events throughout the year. In Ann Arbor, the Matthaei Botanical Gardens Conservatory, www.mbgna.umich.edu, is open year-round.