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Home Landscaping to Attract Birds

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It is very easy to attract birds to your home landscape if you follow a few basic principles.
Birds need more than food:

Shelter: areas for protection, nesting, and resting
Create a landscape with multi-layers: tall trees, medium trees, large shrubs, smaller shrubs, perennials, and ground covers (see photos)

Water: bird baths, fountains, ponds, etc.
Water is actually more important than food for birds, without a water source, birds won’t seek your food

Food: plants that produce nectar, fruit and seeds that birds like to eat
Feeders are OK, but birds love to forage from the plants you grow

Tools

Plants

Plants

(that create the multi-layered effect)

Plants

Plants

(that provide nectar, fruit and seeds, native plants serve native birds better (see list)

Birdbath

Birdbath

(or other water source)

1

Plan you landscape to include plants of differing heights and layers.

2

Choose plants that offer up fruit, nectar and seeds (see list below).

TIP

List of recommended Plants:
Oaks, maples and other large trees
White Oak
Flowering Dogwood
Kousa Dogwood
American Beautyberry
Viburnum
Winterberry
Black Eyed Susan
Verbena on a “Stick”
Purple Cone Flowers

3

Place water source in open location near plants where birds can rest and nest.

Congratulations! You did it! Sit back and enjoy your new lawn addition!

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