Aside from providing hours of entertainment and free, beautiful music, according to Mother Earth News, the birds that call your backyard home also help keep the insect population under control. If you're renovating or updating your backyard and want to make it more bird-friendly, there are several small additions and changes you can make that will turn your property into a hot spot for sparrows, larks or robins:
When choosing new plant species to adorn your backyard, The Los Angeles Audubon Society recommends sticking to species that are native to your county or state. These plants not only thrive in your area, they also attract the insects your local birds are accustomed to dining on. This will keep them coming back to your backyard and garden!
The best place to begin creating a new backyard habitat for birds is to remove any non-native plants and other vegetation from the space. Only then can you begin to design a landscape that will attract birds from miles around. Once you begin planting, it's vital to also pay attention to avoid the use of commercial pesticides. Not only are they dangerous to the environment, the pesticides will kill the insects that are attracting birds to your backyard.
In addition, the Florida Association of Native Nurseries recommends leaving the decaying flowers and vegetation, including any dying trees, where they are. The overgrown vegetation and decaying trees actually attract several varieties of birds, including woodpeckers and bluebirds!
Creating a Bird Food Buffet
When it comes to attracting birds to your backyard with seeds, unfortunately, not all products and mixes are created equally. If you want several varieties of birds to frequently visit your backyard feeders, it's vital to purchase several different blends of birdseed, such as those that include sunflower seeds and suet.
The Humane Society of the United States recommends hanging or placing the bird feeders several feet from your home, especially if you have outdoor cats, and at least 12 feet away from shrubs and brush. Potential predators might be hiding inside the shrub, waiting for birds to enjoy a snack from your feeder.
Once you've provided birds with shelter and food, there is only one piece of the puzzle left: water. A traditional birdbath is effective, however, if you really want to attract birds to your backyard, choose an outdoor fountain. Birds are naturally attracted to moving water and will frequent your beautiful backyard fountain throughout the year!