Create a brush pile at the edge of your property, starting with your old Christmas tree and any fallen branches from trees and shrubs. Create a pile six-feet in length with loosely stacked branches. Brush piles provide cover for birds and attract insects to their decaying branches.
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.
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, […]