Landscaping: Attracting Birds to Your Garden
Many people don’t realize how beneficial birds are to our gardens. Not only do they provide a natural form of pest control by eating huge amounts of insects, they also perform an essential service for plants, spreading seeds over a wide area. Plus, they add color, movement, and natural music to your property. If you enjoy seeing local wildlife in your garden, there are certainly landscaping steps you can take to attract them. Today, Nixa Lawn Service will discuss some tips on building a bird-friendly garden through landscaping and design.
Make Native Landscaping Choices
While nearly any garden has the ability to attract birds, you can greatly enhance your gardens ‘bird-attracting power’ by planting native species such as our native dogwoods, serviceberries, and hawthorns. Not only are these choices well-adapted to our local weather and soil conditions, they require little to no fertilizer and generally very low maintenance. As they are often less susceptible to disease problems, they require fewer chemical control steps as well.
Designing a Bird Garden
There are many things you should consider when designing a bird garden. First, make sure you provide the basic necessities such as food, water, shelter, and nesting sites.
- Food – Commercial birdseed is certainly convenient when providing food for birds. However, different birds have different preferences, so you may find that certain seeds go uneaten and need to be disposed of. Many avid bird watchers will experiment with mixing their own seeds depending on the variety of birds local to their area. Common ingredients include flax, oats, peanuts, wheat, sunflower seeds, millet, crack corn, and buckwheat. Hummingbirds will prefer sugar solutions, while Orioles and Tanagers will appreciate fresh fruit. It really depends on the level of investment you are willing to put in and the types of birds you hope to attract.
- Water – Nothing will bring birds to your garden like a reliable source of clean water. Birds will often travel miles in search of water, especially during cold weather periods. While most birds obtain much of their water from food, all species need access to water for bathing and drinking. If a birdbath is a feature you would like to add to your home, ensure that it is placed in a location where birds will feel safe near shelter. Many experienced bird watchers in our area prefer cement baths with immersion water heaters. This is so the water doesn’t freeze and crack your bird bath during the cold winter months. Choices in this category can range from simple baths to elaborate fountains. It simply depends on the level of landscaping you are comfortable with, or if you are willing to hire a professional landscaping designer.
- Shelter – Providing shelter is perhaps the simplest step when attracting birds to your garden. Many birdhouses can be purchased completely assembled, while others include kits that allow you to build them, or if you are particularly handy you can build your own from scratch. The most important aspect of a shelter is the placement of the birdhouse. In general, you want it near nesting material, yet out of range of potential predators.
Contact Nixa Lawn Service Today
If you are interested in designing a bird-friendly garden in your home contact Nixa Lawn Service today. Our landscaping experts are sure to exceed your expectations. Contact our team today at 417-724-0318 to learn more.