Bird songs project a joyful garden, but how do you attract birds to your landscape? Provide those things every living creature needs: food, shelter, water and a place to raise their young.
Four Things Every Bird-Friendly Garden Needs:
- Food. Stock your garden with different foods to attract different birds. Keep feeders full. Native flowers, fruiting shrubs and ornamental grasses provide food and attract insects on which a variety of birds can feed.
- Shelter. Birds need shelter from predators and bad weather. Trees and shrubs in your landscape provide good shelter. Dead trees and brush piles are popular cover.
- Fresh water. Birds need fresh water every day. Add a bird bath on a pedestal that’s easy to see from the house and keeps predators away. Add fresh water daily or as needed. In winter, it’s important to keep water from freezing. Add a heating element if necessary.
- Nesting. Some birds are ground nesters while others like to raise their young in bushes, trees or brush piles. Add birdhouses designed for specific nesting birds, like bluebirds or purple martins. Remember, a balanced landscape is important to help many different species.