Healthy Home Moxie JulyAug 2017

July/August 2017

HEALTHY HOME NEWS

(949) 835-5444 • www.moxieservices.com/locations/orange-county • 18 Technology Dr. Irvine, CA 92618

Welcome

Customer service seems to be a lost art these days. Most big companies (think United Airlines) have lost their way and often hide behind corporate policies and procedures, complicated phone menus, and impossible to navigate websites as a way of dealing with customer service. We have a different view. We still enjoy the art of providing excellent client services and realize that it’s

critical to the long-term well-being of our business. I’m happy to say that we’re working closely with a select few companies that have that same client-focused mindset. We encourage you to contact them if the need for the service they provide arises.

Michael Fleming

for the Hummingbird A Home

A soft thrum of wings beating to the tune of 50 strokes per second. An imperceptible heartbeat, efficiently turning out 1,260 beats per minute. Hummingbirds are one of the world’s most beautiful creatures, and they can be seen almost anywhere. And while hummingbird feeders are a wonderful mechanism for holding their interest, attracting them in the first place is the primary challenge. If you are a fan of this tiny bird, investing in a hummingbird garden could be your best bet for catching their eye, and the pictures are sure to be fairly dazzling, too. Having the right plants in your garden is the first step to making a wonderful home for a hummingbird. Pretty, purple prairie blazingstar or sunset-colored columbine are sure to bring recognition. Honeysuckle, trumpet creeper, and red buckeye are also lovely examples. If you have a garden of

trees and shrubs, azalea and mimosa will do well, while for vines, morning glory is likely to do the trick. Some perennials that hummingbirds tend to like include foxgloves, lupine, yucca, and coral bells. Desirable annuals include jewelweed, petunias, and fuchsia. Visit your local nursery to find out what grows best in your area. Besides a wide variety of favorite flowers, hummingbird gardens must also provide a healthy, hazard-free environment. Using pesticides around your flowers is a bad idea, as is killing small, typical garden pests. Interestingly, these small insects are necessary for hummingbirds, as they rely on them for protein and do not survive on nectar alone. Convenient perches are another aspect of the perfect hummingbird garden. Hummingbirds only spend 10-15 percent

of their time feeding because of how much energy it takes for them to fly. For the other 75-80 percent, they rest and digest. Good perches include twigs, leaf stems, and clotheslines. If at first you don’t see hummingbirds, be patient. It is widely believed that due to their large appetite (a hummingbird eats half its weight in sugar every day), in a given year, every square meter of the U.S. is explored by at least one hummingbird. Harkening back to “Field of Dreams,” “If you build it, they will come.”

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