Phyllis Bryan. Backyard. April 15th , 2018.
The four basic food groups for birds are Berries, Seeds, Nectar and Bugs. There are several berry plants that are easy to grow (some even wild) that both birds and people love. You can find wild blackberries, raspberries, mulberries, and many more that grow in almost any climate around the world. Some other berries that birds love are mountain ash, service berries, hawthorns, dogwoods, and crabapple. Seeds can easily be store purchased but can also be provided to the birds by planting flowering perennials and even grass seed is a favorite during the winter months when food is scarce. To attract your humming birds and butterflies you will need to plant nectar producing flowers. Nectar rich flowers are easily identified because they usually are brightly colored and have a trumpet flower shape. A few examples would be jasmine, trumpet vine, honeysuckle, salvia, fuchsia and many more. You should have supplemented feed such as bird feeders and nectar feeders all year long but it is very important to keep it filled in the winter months. Bugs are a huge source of food for birds, stop with the pesticides! Not only are they potentially harmful to the environment and your family, they take away a good food source for other living things.
However, there are plenty of backyard landscaping ideas that are simple enough for you to be able to handle on your own without much hassle. Tastefully planted flowers and shaped shrubs, a simple water feature and a bench or two that you can paint yourself can look absolutely lovely, and can also be practical - it would be perfect for a barbecue, among other things!
· When you are choosing plants for your backyard, be certain that you are buying plants that are hardy in your temperature zone. Most reputable dealers in plants and shrubberies will be happy to assist you if you ask them for guidance in picking plants that will be able to handle the climate in your area.
One of the first things you should consider is whether or not you are up to taking on a large landscaping project by yourself. You may want to consult a professional landscaper. Doing this will give you an idea of the costs involved, and it will also give you an idea of how much labor a professional thinks will be required. Don't be afraid to ask about the amount of labor involved. It may turn out that you were underestimating how much work your project actually involves.
· If you are a perennial plant lover, don't forget that although they are beautiful when they are blooming, many perennials do not flower for very long. You may have to supplement with annual flowers as gaps appear in your landscape design throughout the season.
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