Birds, butterflies, and bees are the trifecta of winged friends you want in your garden. These three B words deliver the ultimate P word – pollination. They all keep your garden ecosystem running efficiently by transferring pollen so your plants can reproduce. The bonus is that they are also beautiful to look at and add some excitement to your garden.
Birds, butterflies, and bees all have similar needs to our own. They want food, water, and protection from predators. Here’s some tips to attract them to your garden and make it a comfortable place that they’ll visit again and again.
Birds: Take Some Under Your Wing
The hummingbird is perhaps our favourite bird to welcome in the garden. For being a little bird, hummingbirds are big eaters and they consume about half their body weight in bugs and nectar. They feed about every ten to 15 minutes and can visit 1,000 to 2,000 flowers throughout the day!
Consider making Hummingbird Nectar to attract these birds to your garden and give them an easily digestible food source. It’s a simple sugar water solution you can make in minutes. Combine a 1:4 ratio of plain white table sugar to water. Slowly heat the solution for one to two minutes. Allow the solution to cool before adding it to your bird feeders.
Here’s some other tips to attract birds to your garden:
- Add a birdbath: Place it at least ten feet from dense foliage where predators may be lurking. Birds don’t like more than two inches of water so add flat stones to your birdbath if it is too deep. Change the water every few days in summer and use a heater in the winter.
- Use native plants: The birds in your area have adapted to eating the berries and seeds of native plants or using them as cover and nesting sites. Caterpillars tend to be birds’ meal of choice so consider species such as clover or dogwood that attract them.
- Set up a birdhouse: Bird feeders help supplement food when it is scarce. Hang the birdhouse in a concealed area of your yard with nearby branches for perching. Clearview Garden Shop has a wide variety of adorable birdhouses available and can help you find the best one for your birds.