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What can I do to create a year-round bird friendly landscape?


By Peggi J. Redalen

Mon, Dec 30th, 2013
Posted in All Ask the Expert

As you have recognized, there are many added benefits to a well-conceived landscape design other than just for human appreciation and enjoyment. Birds, just like any guest are likely to stay longer if you supply them with an inviting stay-awhile environment. Like us, birds require four basic needs. Shelter and space. To enjoy year round color from your feathered friends include dense shrubs, evergreens and trees that provide resident birds protected perches and a covered refuge from winds and predators. Birds also need to be provided with sturdy nesting spots and territorial space. Food. Include plant material that produces fruit at different times during the year. Be sure to add a few plants that will hold their fruit through the winter. Water. Add birdbaths or water features so birds will have water for drinking and bathing. Consider using birdbath heaters to keep water from freezing during cold winter temperatures.

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