In a time when we are all looking for ways to help the environment, there is one thing you can do without spending any money or very little. You can make your yard more bird friendly and create a haven for birds in your own backyard. Birds need safe places to nest and feed, so it’s important that you have the right types of trees, shrubs, plants and flowers near your home. Learn how with these helpful tips!
- Start with trees. Tall, leafy trees provide birds with food and shelter from predators. Avocados are favorites of woodpeckers, while oaks and maples support many types of songbirds. You can also keep the trees around your home watered and healthy to attract more birds!
- Bushes also make great homes for many birds. Birds love berry-producing shrubs like dogwoods, viburnums and blueberries! Try planting some near your yard for a fun and fruity bird sanctuary.
- Plants are also essential to creating a bird friendly environment. For example, tall grasses offer both food and shelter for birds as they are growing; so you can choose to have a natural area in your yard with some grasses and clover that will attract birds. If you do choose to cut down the grass, make sure you leave the seed heads back on so birds can eat them. Birds also love sunflowers and nasturtiums! You can even plant a small vegetable garden for birds in your yard. It’s always fun to see how many types of birds you can attract.
How to care for your yard if you know birds are coming to live there?
Make sure that all of the trees in the yard are trimmed or cut down. (You do not want any dead branches hanging over the house!)
You may also want to remove all the dead branches under the tree and spread dirt like mulch around the tree so there’s no chance of disease. (This is especially true for oak trees, which can have harmful fungus in the base of the tree.)
If you want songbirds to like your yard, you might want to plant seeds with bright colors and be sure not to use pesticides or herbicides on those plants!
Birds also need fresh food and water, so you want to make sure to take out the trash every day, and you will also have to fill birdbaths with fresh water at least once a week.
If squirrels are becoming a problem in your yard, you might have to put up some kind of bird feeder that only small birds could fit into (like ones designed for chickadees). This is kind of like a revolving door; squirrels can’t get in, only small birds can!
Try painting birdhouses (birdhouses that you might already have) with bright, pretty colors so you can hang them up near your house or yard. This is a fun way to show off your artistic ability and it will be a nice addition to your yard or porch.
You can also build bird feeders! It’s very easy to do. You’ll need a large pinecone, some peanut butter and some string/rope. Just smother the peanut butter on the pinecone, wrap the rope around it and hang up!
Another easy thing to do is plant sunflowers in your yard. Birds love those, and you can always use some sunflower seeds yourself later on.
If you have a water feature (like a small pond or fountain), try keeping some fish in it; the sound of moving water attracts birds!
Finally, if you really want a bird haven in your yard, make sure you have lots of trees and plants that produce fruit. This will not only be very attractive to birds but also fun for the entire family. Humans love having a variety of fruit to add to their diets, while birds love having a variety of food on which to feed.