We all enjoy watching birds in our gardens and installing a bird feeder is the obvious way to attract them. Bird feeders have the advantage that you can place them near a window so that you can easily watch the birds from indoors. However anyone who has a feeder will be aware of the problems caused by squirrels and rats. This article by Nora Mueller which I found on the Garden Collage website suggests that by growing the correct plants and shrubs you can still attract the birds without problems of a bird feeder.
Bird feeders always?seem like a good idea? a way to add a little bucolic charm to your home? but that novelty often wears off after a week or two, when the squirrels, rats, and raccoons start to close in on them.
Fortunately, there are other ways of attracting birds? and?only birds? to your garden. With Winter in full-force, now is the perfect time to?plan?out some bird-friendly plants for Spring (if for no other reason than that there?s nothing else to do for your garden).?While the specifics will vary from zone to zone?and from bird to bird (birds: they?re just like us!), there are some sure fire plants that will always be an enticing attraction. Fruiting trees like crabapples and bushes with berries (like Northern bayberries) will always be popular with flighty friends, as will more compact plants (especially ones with seeds) like allium and sedum. Look to add a variety of sizes to create a dynamic space for different species, as the colors and textures will also be alluring to bees and butterflies.
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