Birds in Your Backyard
Create a bird-friendly habitat with plants that invite birds to your garden. Here are some tips to entice birds right to your own backyard:
• Food: Understanding a bird’s preferences will help you to determine which plants to grow. A seed-eating chickadee will seek out daisylike flowers. Hummingbirds are happy with nectar from bee balm. See more hummingbird plants.
• Shelter: Offer protection and a cozy spot with plants that say, “Come on in!” Pine trees and junipers are popular with many birds. See our list of shrubs and trees that attract birds.
• Nesting: Feather your nesting area with a few brush piles and untidy corners. Less lawn grass, more weeds—for example, thistles provide seeds and nesting materials for goldfinches.
• Water: Birds enjoy a continual source of water for drinking and bathing, whether in a nearby pond, stream, fountain, or birdbath.
• Don’t forget a feeder: When a bird’s natural plant food is waning, a well-placed feeder can catch a bird’s eye. See tips on feeders.
When it all comes together, your garden just may become a bird’s favorite place to be!
See full story on bird-friendly habitats.
• Choose varieties proven in your climate.
• Plant roses where they will receive a minimum of 5 to 6 hours of full sun per day.
• Diligently water your roses. Soak the entire root zone at least twice a week in dry summer weather. Avoid frequent shallow sprinklings.
• Feed your roses; they have big appetites. Once a month between April and July, apply a balanced granular fertilizer (5-10-5 or 5-10-10).
See our free Roses page for planting and growing information.
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The birds around me hopped and played,
Their thoughts I cannot measure;
But the least motion which they made,
It seemed a thrill of pleasure.
–William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
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