Including my scintillating commentary on such things as why this is a good year to establish sunflowers and a possible slug deterrent.
I think this year is a great year to establish oaks and sunflowers. Fall 2019 was a mast year for oak trees—they dropped a lot of acorns—so there were lots of squirrels in spring 2020. They dug up lots of baby oaks and sunflower seedlings. Their population seems to have crashed because fall 2020 produced a comparatively smaller amount of acorns. I see way fewer squirrels this spring and fewer seedlings have been dug up. Once sunflowers produce seed this fall, they should reseed abundantly for the next few years.
And Boring Bees live in our fence. Sometimes I can hear them eating in there. Most people hate Carpenter Bees because they make holes in wood. We don’t care about our stuff so I’m happy to host them. Plus, the tunnels they make are about the size of an index finger. Putting a large block of untreated pine wood can deter them from your home. (They’ll nest in the block instead)