I’ve been fascinated by wild birds as long as I can remember.
I started feeding them as a 10 year old boy. That was 41 years
ago. Not until my mid 30’s did I really take time to plan and
plant for wildlife. hollywoodfoodstyling
I’ve been a gardener all my life so that wasn’t a problem.
Knowing what to plant, where and why was a learning
experience. As a Michigan Certified Nurseryman, I’m still
If you have a small suburban lot or can plan on a grand
scale, gardening for birds can be accomplished.
Think like a bird!
No, I’m not calling you a bird brain.
Look at your landscape from a vantage point like a balcony
or a deck. Get a bird’s eye view. palosverdeslifestyle
Now, what will make your yard attractive to birds?
Do you have mature trees already? Great if you do. What is
under the tree canopy? Do you have other native small trees
and shrubs planted? What about flowers and ground covers.
Next time you are in a park or take a walk in the woods, take
a look at your surroundings. You will notice the different levels
of plant life. You will also notice that different birds live at
This is a wildlife habitat, nature’s way. Now you may want to
copy nature or create your own little world. Either way, think
native plants and also think of your own eye appeal. Plant some
flowers and shrubs that you like as well.
Find plants and trees that are native to your region. If you aren’t sure, ask your local nursery or garden center. Because a plant is zone hardy doesn’t make it right for your area.
Find out what birds live in your area and what will attract them
You wont get cardinals or bluebirds no matter how hard you
try if they are not in your region or conditions aren’t to their liking.
Plan and re-plan your task on paper. Draw your plants in as mature plants. All to often we buy several little plants and bunch them together. Three years later we are digging them up and moving them or giving the away.
Plant evergreens as well as deciduous. What bears fruits and
seeds. What time of year will the bear fruit?
Crabapples (Malus) and Winterberry holly (Ilex verticillata) offer food and color well into winter.
Will there be enough protection from predators? Will the birds
find your yard acceptable for raising a family?
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Flowers and ground covers offer up nectar and seeds. They also
bring bugs and birds love bugs.
Lose the pesticides, It took me a few years to realize I was doing more harm by spraying for bugs.
Birds add color, movement and sound to our yards everyday of
Few things are more relaxing and make a soul glad then
listening to and watching wild birds.
Add a few feeders and some fresh water.
Your wild bird habitat is now your own little nature preserve to enjoy and share.