While it is important to rake the leaves on your lawn to prevent die-off, do not remove leaf litter in your perennial beds or under your shrubs. These leaves will compost and provide important nutrients to the soil. They will also be a haven for many of the insects that birds feed on.
Create a dust bath in a sunny spot near the area where your birds feed. Sparrows, in particular, love to spend hours playing on dusty ground, and they are entertaining to watch.
Plant perennials and smaller shrubs in groups of threes, fives, or sevens to create a more natural look and to cover a larger area that birds can easily find and utilize. For example, if you plant only one shrub that produces berries, the berries may be decimated after the first visit. Diversity is important […]
Plant your garden to provide shelter for birds. Planting evergreens on the northern side of your property will protect birds from cold northerly winds while allowing sunlight to the southern side of your garden.
Designing a Bird Garden Create a habitat for birds by designing your garden with varying layers: tall trees, medium-size shrubs, perennials, and ornamental grasses. This will accommodate many different types of birds and provide them with the needs described.
Looking to add some plants to your Bee Better garden this Spring?!? Here are nine must-have spring blooms to help nourish your spring-foraging bees (and butterflies!) Name: Monarda didyma Common: Bee Balm Zones: 4 to 9 Size: 2 to 4 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide Conditions: Full sun to part shade; medium to wet soil […]
The best way to create a bird garden is to provide birds with what they need: shelter, food, water, and places to nest. Shelter: Birds need shelter to protect them from predators and the elements. In the winter, they need protection from the snow, and during the year they seek refuge from heavy rains, winds, […]