Home Landscaping for a Bird Friendly Home

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by Eva Martinez
(Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA)

Homeowners want to beautify the home. This could mean adding flowers to compliment the color of the home or putting figurines in the garden and by making the place attractive for birds.

Since there are many species of birds and some are only there during the migration period, it is best to study each species. When a person knows what kind of food the birds eat, plants can be used to attract the desired species.

To learn more about the kinds of birds that visit the area, you can ask neighbors or members of the local bird watching club.

Birds need water to survive. You can add a fountain or a pond in the garden for birds to bathe and drink.

In order for birds to stay for more than a day and to protect them from bad weather and predators, you can have put a birdhouse in the garden. If you want to make it look more natural, an artificial tree can also used installed for them.

There are four seasons in a year. If you want birds to be present all year round, you should check what kind of plants can survive even during the winter.

A good example is a conifer that either in the form of shrubs or trees. These also serve as good nesting places during the summer.

Some types of conifers provide buds, seeds and sap. Since not all plants work well with certain types of soil, you should also check with a gardener before choosing what plants to buy.

After you have an idea what changes need to be made in the garden, you can draw up a plan. Some things to be considered are the city’s gardening codes, the location of the sun is at different times of the day and structures in the neighbor’s yard.

Landscaping the garden for the benefit of birds is a challenging task. It will take time to finish especially if you have started out with seedlings. Take pictures to see the changes through the months.

Family members can help during the construction and maintenance phases of this project. Once you have finished you can enjoy bird watching from the comfort of your own home.

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Updated: November 9, 2012 — 8:33 pm

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