It’s that time of year for many of us, when we start planting our gardens. If you are interested in growing a garden for the birds, check out some of the tips below.
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You want to make sure you attract birds, are able to feed them, and provide them with shelter.
Build it and the birds will come.
Plants, flowers and weeds
When designing a garden for the birds, make sure to choose a wide variety of plants. Include perennials, annuals, grasses, berries, and vines. Have many different shapes, sizes, and colors of plants. For example, hummingbirds are attracted to red. So, oriental poppies, hollyhocks, and cannas are good choices.
Make sure to include flowers that have seeds and are nectar rich. Daisies and sunflowers are both excellent choices as well as are honeysuckles and trumpet vines. Also, you want to have some weeds (yes, you read that correctly) in your garden such as Queen Anne’s lace and asters. Birds are attracted to the bugs some of these plants attract. Disgusting, maybe. Reality, definitely!
Trees and shrubs
Your garden should also include some trees and shrubs. Trees and shrubs provide shelter for the birds in and of themselves. However, its not a bad idea to include some bird houses too and of course, do not disrupt any nests. Trees and shrubs also provide food to our feathered friends. Many produce seeds as well as serve as a breading ground for insects too, again serving as food.
Bird feeders and water features
When designing your garden, you also want to include some bird feeders and water features. And no, this is not cheating. Bird feeders of sorts will attract all different types of birds. Put them at various heights too and include a variety of different types of seeds. Make sure you put these in places where you will be able to see them too, but not where your lurking cat may be waiting! Birds also require water for both thirst and for cleaning. If you want them to keep coming, you have to provide birds what they need and you have to do it consistently.
For more specific information on what plants to help attract birds to your garden, ask at your local nursery. However, by simply following these tips, you will be well on your way. You will have birds flocking to your garden before you know it.