GUEST POST BY BRIAN BARTH With their long, slender beaks, hummingbirds are well equipped to feed from any flower with an elongated tubular shape, from honeysuckle to grevillea. However, there is ample evidence that their unique beak, as well as …
If you’ve been helping your local wild birds by supplying them with birdseed through the winter, that’s wonderful. However, once spring ramps up it’s time to take the feeders down.
Virtues: Pawnee Buttes western sandcherry offers a unique growth habit, growing as a low, wide shrub that serves as a groundcover. It is highly ornamental with its heavy spring flowering and its bright fall foliage. Western sandcherry produces fruit that …
Suet feeders can be a great way to attract many back-yard birds in winter, when this high-calorie, easy-to-digest food provides them with much needed energy. Here are the key tips to follow when offering suet to your favorite garden birds:
Some gardeners like to do their garden cleanup at the end of fall, while others prefer to put it off until spring. Both approaches have advantages, but delaying cleanup until spring is more beneficial to wild birds.
Plants aren’t the only beings that suffer in prolonged drought; garden birds can feel the pinch of low water, too. Here are ways to help songbirds through dry times, beyond the usual birdbath:
Virtues: ‘Summer Jewel White’, an award-winning tender salvia, draws hummingbirds, bees and butterflies with its tubular flowers. Meanwhile its compact size and pure white color makes it an easy addition to garden beds and containers alike. This ornamental sage makes …
A platform-style bird feeder will attract many kinds of birds, including cardinals, blue jays, grosbeaks and sparrows.
Hummingbird feeders can be effective attractants, but they require maintenance to keep them safe for the birds. Sugar water should be changed every three to five days, and more frequently during summer. This prevents the growth of mold.
To encourage more birds and helpful insects to reside in your garden, be sure to garden at all levels. That means including tall trees and shrubs, shorter shrubs and perennials, and low-growing plants such as groundcovers in your design.
Gardening For the Birds How to Create a Bird-Friendly Backyard by George Adams 444 pages Timber Press, 2013 List price: $24.95 It’s a new season and no better time to put garden plans to work. Want more birds? George Adams …