Birds delight us with their winged acrobatics and musical songs. Welcoming birds to your yard can be easy with a little planning. Birds require food, water, shelter, and nesting sites.
Birdbaths are a popular way to encourage birds to visit your garden. The Growing Place has many types of birdbaths in concrete, ceramic, metal and more. Birds love clean, fresh water, so we recommend checking your birdbath daily and emptying if not every day, every few days to discourage mosquito larvae. Make sure to clean them on a regular basis to prevent disease and pests. Consider adding a fountain, bubbler or pump that moves water. Many birds enjoy running water.
Offering hiding places and nesting sites will encourage birds to make your yard home. Many birds nest between five and eight feet above the ground. We offer a large selection of birdhouses that are easy to hang and easy to clean. You may also consider adding dense shrubs, evergreens and trees for birds to hide and build nests. A mix of open areas and denser plantings creates habitat for a large range of species.
There are many ways to feed birds, but to create a lasting refuge, try to create a landscape that feeds them year-round. Each species of bird has its own specific needs, but in general include plants with fruits, seeds, berries, and cones. The more diverse types of food you provide, the more species of birds you will attract. Also, think about having plants that form seeds or fruits at different times of the year. For example, coneflower sets seeds in late summer and is beloved by goldfinches. If you allow the flowers to set seed, finches will seek them out. The new cultivars of crabapples have small, hard berries that persist through winter to feed birds in early spring when there are fewer options.
Posted on 5/13/2013 at 8:15:00 PM