It seems that birds are found everywhere, from parks and woodlands to cities and even shopping centers. They probably even pass through your yard or garden... but do they stay? If not, it may be because your yard doesn't provide them with a consistent, yet varied, food supply.
Creating a garden or landscape that welcomes songbirds is a relatively simple task. It consists of supplying them with three basic requirements for survival: food, cover, and water. To birds and butterflies, close-cropped lawns, sheared shrubs, pesticide residues, and deadheaded flowers mean no place to rest, nowhere to hide and no food to eat. We're not suggesting you let your yard overtake your house, but you get the idea.
Another way to attract birds is to plant the foods that they can't resist. Evergreens offer a good source of berries and seed-filled cones. They also provide year-round shelter, protection and breeding sites. White pines, Arborvitae, Spruce, Junipers, Cedars, and Hollies provide essential winter protection as well as food. Plants native to our region are the best choices for native birds. Native fruits and berries are nutritious, and they ripen on a schedule that coincides with nesting and migration times.
Some berry-rich plants for your garden might include Viburnum, Winterberry, Rugosa roses, Chokeberry, Serviceberry, Hollies, Blueberries, Elderberries, Cotoneaster, Bayberry, and Dogwoods. Flowers are also excellent sources of nectar and seeds for songbirds. Some of their favorites include Sunflowers, Coneflowers, Black-eyed Susans, Zinnias, Cosmos, Asters, Delphinium, Bee Balm, Agastache, and Liatris. By not deadheading flowers with seeds, the birds will also have an extended food source into the winter.
Growing a garden that welcomes songbirds provides people with benefits as well, including insect control, less maintenance and increased property value. Over the years, trees and shrubs will grow larger, bear more fruit, and provide more opportunity for underplanting. Pretty soon, all the birds will be talking.
Main Line Gardens is a family-owned business that was established in 1981. More than just a full service garden center and nursery for professional landscaping and hardscaping, Main Line Gardens is an architect of beautiful, functional outdoor living spaces that provide a lifetime of enjoyment. The company's first priority and foremost goal is establishing long-term relationships with its customers by offering exceptional service and the highest quality products. This philosophy has defined its success for over 25 years and will continue for decades to follow. Main Line Gardens' experienced and professional staff takes customers all the way from design through installation, involving them every step of the way in the creation of their own outdoor landscaping paradise. Customers can choose from a full selection of plants, trees, shrubs, mulch and stones from the onsite full service nursery.
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