Create A Bird-Friendly Backyard

Posted on: 25 April 2017

Backyard birds provide much more than merely a delightful display when they fly in and around your property; these feathered-friends also can contribute to your property by eating insects, controlling pests, and pollinating plants when you provide them with the opportunity. Enjoy the bounty of benefits that backyard birds bring and keep them coming back for more.

Some spring birds that are backyard-friendly are:

  • Finches
  • Sparrows
  • Hummingbirds
  • Robins
  • Chickadees
  • Jays

Attract sweet sparrows and friendly finches this spring with these tips:

Add annuals to your gardens. Plant annuals that will keep backyard birds coming back year after year. Finches and sparrows love Bachelor's button and Cosmos, while impatiens and sunflowers attract hummingbirds. Zinnias are a favorite of chickadees.

Plan on planting perennials. Backyard birds love perennials, so plant a few that will keep them returning to your property. Bees and hummingbirds are attracted to Anise hyssop, while these plants provide food for seed-eating sparrows and finches. Sparrows tend to nest in Garden phlox, while smartweed provides an oil-rich bounty for a number of small birds in the yard.

Keep birds fed. Got a few feeders on your property? This will keep birds coming back for seed; if you want to provide backyard birds with some protein, feed pest-eaters some slugs. You can lay a board or piece of wood in your yard to create a moist, cool spot for slugs to thrive in summer; simply lift the board to reveal the slugs and worms underneath for birds that enjoy eating insects and pests.

Watch what you use on your yard. Backyard birds can provide natural pest control on your property by eating insects that could be gnawing on your gardens, flowers, and vegetation. Be cautious when using any chemical, additive, or insecticide on or near your yard; these are toxic for many species and can have catastrophic results when trying to lure backyard birds to your property.

Provide some flowers for them to pollinate. Birds love flowers and many species are great pollinators. For instance, tiny hummingbirds are fantastic for wildflower pollination in the US which helps these plants thrive and survive from year to year.

Create a yard that is enticing and alluring to birds this year; these flying-friends can help your property in many ways, from controlling pests to pollinating your plants. Visit landscaping and garden retailers to find the perfect annuals, perennials, and plants for your yard, and check out feeders that will help keep them returning to your yard, year after year.  For more information, contact a business such as Pattie Group, Inc.