Nothing says good morning like listening to the beautiful songs of birds chirping in the morning. Here are a few tips to help you maximize visits from songbirds to your outdoor space:
Plant a diverse garden. Attracting songbirds to your garden is easier if you have an array of plants and food to supply their nests and food throughout the year. For example, perennials and ornamental grasses supply cover for ground-feeding birds. Include various plants, from annuals to perennials, herbs, vegetables and grasses.
Supply their favorite meal. Find a seed or food that is specific to the birds you want to attract. You might draw in more of a variety of birds than if you just used a general wild bird blend. Plant nectar-producing plants, such as black-eye Susan, coneflower, coreopsis and salvia. Fill bird feeders with sunflower seeds, which will attract songbirds and seed-eating birds. If you go to the store, you can pick up a songbird mix, which will draw in cardinals, titmice, blue jays and white-throated sparrows.
Add a birdbath. Birds love to splash in water, so including a birdbath is a great way to attract songbirds. Place the birdbath in an open location in your garden so they can keep an eye on their surroundings.
Include shrubs and trees. Shrubs and trees provide shelter from storms and predators, but also a spot for nesting. Trees that bear fruit and nuts offer food to songbirds. Offer a variety of trees including evergreens, dogwood, serviceberry, chokeberry and viburnum. Many trees also attract butterflies.
Leave stems. Instead of cleaning up brush piles leave them on the ground. The stems help provide shelter for ground-level birds.
Maintain feeders and birdhouses. Another great way to attract songbirds to your garden is adding feeders and birdhouses. Clean feeders monthly to keep bacteria out.
Avoid fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides. Adding fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides can be deadly to birds and other wildlife.
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