Landscaping for Birds
The most surefire way to attract birds to your
backyard is to make certain the appropriate habitat is available to
them. You may be lucky and already have a good supply of food,
shelter, and water available for our feathered friends. In that case,
you have to do little more than stand back and watch.
However, for most backyards, bird habitat must
be created. It's called "landscaping for birds" and it can
be as simple or extravagant as you wish Whatever the approach, anyone
who has ever tried this type of landscaping comes away with a real
love for it after their first sparkling hummingbirds hover at the
coral bells, or the perky catbird comes down for a drink of water from
the birdbath, or the sleek waxwings gather en masse to sample
Benefits of Landscaping for Birds
You can derive many benefits from landscaping to
attract birds to your yard:
Increased Wildlife Populations
You can probably double the number of bird
species using your property with a good landscaping plan.
By carefully arranging your conifer and hardwood
trees, you can lower winter heating and summer cooling bills for your
Certain landscape plants can prevent soil
A good landscaping plan contributes to a
beautiful, natural setting around your home that is pleasing to people
as well as birds.
Wildlife photography is a wonderful hobby for
people of all ages.
Try keeping a list of all the birds you see in
your yard or from your yard. Some people have counted nearly 20
species of birds in their yard!
Natural Insect Control
Birds such as tree swallows, house wrens, brown
thrashers and orioles eat a variety of insects.
Some plants that attract wildlife are also
appealing to humans. People an wildlife can share cherries,
chokecherries, strawberries, and crabapples.
A good landscaping plan can greatly increase the
value of your property by adding natural beauty and an abundance of
Habitat for Kids
Some of the best wildlife habitats are the best
habitats for young people to discover the wonders of nature. A
backyard bird habitat can stimulate young people to develop a lifelong
interest in wildlife and conservation.