Build a garden your feathered friends can enjoy
For many gardeners, having songbirds visit is one of the benefits of having a garden in the
first place. It's always a delight to see the variety of birds that drop by for a nibble or a rest.
If you want to create a bird-friendly garden, here are a few easy steps you can take to enjoy
seeing birds all year long.
Feed Them Well
Birds have simple needs: food, water, shelter, and protection from predators. Naturally,
native birds thrive on native plants, so choose a selection of regional beauties that produce
seeds, berries, or nectar. Work dead trees or old stumps into your landscape to attract
insect-eaters and provide shelter. The more diverse your food supply is, the more variety of
birds you'll see in your garden. Also you can help birds out by placing bird feeders in your
yard filled with
Scotts® Songbird Selections® Wild Bird Food.
Keep Birds Safe and Warm
Birds seek shelter at different heights. You can make your garden more hospitable to them by
growing vines, shrubs and trees. Evergreens provide excellent winter shelter, as well as
protection from cats and other predators. If you have a dying tree, let it stand, since its
cavities make great nesting spots.
Quench Their Thirst
Putting out a birdbath, especially one with a trickle or fountain, makes your garden a very
popular spot. If you have a pond or stream, place flat rocks in them for bird perches.
Sit, Watch, and Enjoy
You can lose yourself for hours watching birds fly in to eat or bathe. If you have
binoculars, you can see incredible details as they visit. You'll learn a lot, and have a great