Attracting Birds to Your Garden
Birds play an important role in your garden’s ecosystem. They control pests such as snails and aphids and will gladly eat all the windfall fruits. More importantly, they can bring joy even to the gloomiest plot and our spirits are lifted, when we hear the birds chirping and singing. Attracting birds to your garden can be cheap, easy and less time consuming. There are several tips to know in order to boost the population of birds in your garden.
Putting food out for the birds all throughout the year will inspire more birds to visit your garden. Use seed mixes that include suet balls and peanuts, sunflowers seeds, canary seeds, hemp and husky- free oats. Trying various feeds ensures you attract diverse types of birds as they have different preferences. Some prefer seeds, fruit and fat.
Use a decent tube style feeder or an egg shaped ceramic feeder to feed your birds. Planting something thorny that hugs the ground around the area in which you have a bird table or a bird feeder protects your birds from prowling cats and other predators. Clean your bird tables and your bird feeders on a regular basis in order to avoid bacteria from building up due to old food. Failure to keep things clean can possibly cause your garden birds to die from various diseases.
You must provide adequate water. The water must not only be clean, but it cannot be frozen in winter months. Water is important not only for drinking, but, also for bathing purposes. Position the bath somewhere good and refill the bath regularly. It is recommended that you use a bath that slopes and contains a water depth of 2.5cm- 10cm. This is so various species are able to bath comfortably. Alternatively, you can create a bird bath with varied depth for different sized birds. Consider placing the baths near cover so that birds can jump onto the branches easily and throw in some rocks, so they can perch on them.
Moving water is a great attraction to the birds. Be careful when placing the water baths as birds will not use them if they feel threatened by predators.
It is very important to have a cover in terms of trees, climbers and shrubs. Plants provide both food and shelter for nesting especially plants with prickly foliage.
Think of mixing different hedges, which would include things such as goat willow, hawthorn, and honeysuckle, among others. Planting the right attractive shrubs can double the amount of birds which come to your garden as they are useful in perches and cover.
Providing nest boxes is very important. During the winter months, birds will want to find good places to breed when spring emerges. Nest boxes encourage the birds to mate and stay within the garden. This will increase the number of birds.
You can assist the birds with the making of their nests by providing them with additional nesting materials for them to utilize. Some of these materials may include a pot of various grasses, sheep’s wool, feathers, and old clothing material.
By following these tips, you will be assured of attracting birds to your garden and getting the pleasure they provide.