Garden Solutions Center Blogs
Take your passion for gardening to the next level with inspired posts.
How to Attract Birds to Your Garden
Every year a group of workers safely rid our garden of insects’ pests. Actually, the workers are swallows–fabulous bug eaters and skillful fliers that come back every spring. This year they arrived about three weeks ago. Throughout the day and into early evening they are hard at work vigilantly catching bugs on the wing. In fact, one swallow can easily devour hundreds of pesky insects each day.
Create a Bird-Friendly Place
You can attract these and other backyard birds by providing basic creature comforts like food, water, shelter, and a cozy place to raise a family. A great place to start is by shopping for birdbaths and bird feeders at your local Kmart. Placing several bird baths at different heights will attract more bird species than one bath alone. Bird feeders come in many different styles and the more you have the more birds you’ll attract. If squirrels are a problem in your area, be sure to include a squirrel-proof feeder, which is basically a feeder inside a cage with openings that only allow access to small birds.
Add in plant food sources as well, such as seed-bearing annuals like calendula, cosmos, marigolds, sunflowers or zinnias. Feature asters, salvia, coneflowers, coreopsis and other seed-bearing perennials. Include hollyhocks, clematis, rosemary, honeysuckle, and other nectar-rich flowers and vines for hummingbirds.
Create Bird-Friendly Shelter
Trees and shrubs provide shelter, a rest area, protection from predators and nesting sites. Though many backyard birds will utilize nest boxes, so be sure to place a few around your yard at heights ranging from 8 to 12 feet above the ground.
Diversity is the goal when planning your bird garden for your feathered friends. Growing bird-friendly plants, trees and shrubs at various heights of the vertical space will make your yard an attractive haven for the birds in your area.
Read Kris’ Recent Blogs & Guides
° How to Make Herb-Infused Vinegar & Wetherbee’s White Bean Salad Recipe – NEW & HOT!
° Gardening Tools for Fall – Wetherbee’s Must Haves
° Dehydrating Food & Wetherbee’s Dried Cherry Almond Muffins
° Winter Squash Tips & Wetherbee’s Spaghetti Squash Recipe
° Dividing Perennials – Ways to Rejuvenate Prized Perennials
° Harvest Tips for Peak of Flavor & Garden Fresh Salsa
° Composting 101 – Making Black Gold for Your Garden
° Palm Trees 101 – Growing Tips for Outdoor & Indoor
° Tips on Watering Your Garden During the Drought Season
° Setting-up a Bird Bistro with Wild Bird Feeders & Seeds
° The Glamorous Garden Gear-Up – Garden Clogs & Apparel
° The Bird-Bath Wonderland for Winged Wildlife
° Growing Super Speedy Vegetables in 65 Days or Less
° Power up with Hot and Sweet Peppers – Garden to Table Cooking
° Incredible Edible Flowers – Garden to Table Cooking
° Flowering Vines & Climbing Plants: Clematis to Morning Glories
° Walnut Basil Pesto With a Twist – Garden To Table Cooking
° Summer Squash Varieties – Garden to Table Cooking
° Sensational Spring Blooms
° Memorial Trees – Plant a Tree of Gratitude
° How to Grow Tomatoes: Garden to Table Tips
° Go Wild with Hanging Flower Baskets for Mother’s Day
° How to Attract Birds to Your Garden
° Hazelnut Parsley Pesto – Garden to Table Cooking
° Deer Resistant Plants for your Garden
° How to Grow Beautiful Roses – Planting, Growing and Care
° Power up with Perennials
° Three Easy Steps to Plant Summer Flowering Bulbs
Kmart Garden Products (s)
- Sheila.hondaa Replied to Kris_Wetherbee's answer:
- Garden Solutions Center
- "Hi Sheila.hondaa. Gerberas do indeed have beautiful blooms and a long blooming p..."
- Thank you so much for the info. I am not too knowledgable on flowering plants. ...