Gardening For The Birds
7 Tips For A Bird-Friendly Garden
- Clean Water Provide a clean source of water for birds. The sight and sounds of moving water in bird baths or water features will attract birds much more effectively than standing water, and helps keep the water clean. Water only needs to be a couple of inches deep for drinking and preening.
- Organic Practices When creating your bird habitat, only use organic fertilizers and skip herbicides and pesticides. This is essential for providing safe foods for birds. Instead of trying to prevent bugs in your garden, welcome them as delicious food for your winged friends.
- Habitat & Shelter Plant ornamental grasses, shrubs, and small trees to provide shelter for birds. These perennials also provide habitat for insects, which offer another food source for birds -- especially when raising their young. Providing hiding and nesting places for birds protects them, and makes your garden very attractive to visiting wildlife.
- Bird Houses & Bird Feeders Bird houses are a wonderful way of attracting a nesting pair of birds. Make sure to match the house style and entry hole to the type of bird you wish to attract. Be sure to prevent predators and pests from taking over, for example, by including a baffle on the pole to keep critters out of your birdhouse.
- Nesting Material Leave plant standing through the fall and winter, or if you cut them down, leave the plant material in place. Seeds provide a food source for birds, and stems provide nesting materials. Plant material also makes good insect habitat, another important food source for birds.
- Bug Out Did you know that one nest of baby birds can eat up to 6000 caterpillars per day? Caterpillars and insects are essential for nourishing birds in our backyards. Avoid pesticides and plant as many native plants as possible to create a healthy habitat.
- Binoculars Some of the best bird-watching can happen right from the comfort of your window. Enjoy watching and listening to your garden visitors!