You know what makes a garden sing? - Humming Birds, colorful Butterflies and Bees. Yes, the ultimate gift from nature to your garden and home. Creating a beautiful eco system in your patio or back yard is like watching Mother Nature play tunes and sprinkle colors from the rainbow.
Attracting birds and bees to your garden does not only create ambience but also help your garden and environment overall. Birds eat the aphids and other bugs that might harm your plants and bees and butterflies while hopping from flower to flower are not just sucking the nectar but also pollinating. All you need to do is follow a few simple steps to invite these guests to your garden and create your own paradise!
- Create a friendly habitat: If you want these lovely creatures to come to your garden, you have to placing food and water will help in attracting them. Add bird feeders in your garden. Tray feeders are easy for birds of all sizes. Apart from eating the insects and bugs they will look to eat the bird food you place for them as well. Birds love to take a bath and butterflies love small puddles as well. Install a basin or a birdbath in your garden for the birds, bees and butterflies.
- Shelter: Add birdhouses for them to come rest or land. These shelters are not just for them to rest up but to be safe from harsh weather as well. Be it extreme summers, winters or rains, a shelter will always help birds as a safe haven. Also, butterflies and bees need a protected place from their predators as well, so let a part of your garden grow some shrubs for them.
- No chemicals: By using chemical laden pesticides, you are not only harming the birds and bees but also your family. If using any, use natural and organic methods to ward off harmful bugs but don’t use anything on pollinating flowers as that might harm bees and butterflies.
- Choosing the right plants: Start with the native plants for attracting native butterflies and birds. Plants like Hibiscus, Butterfly weed, Bee Balm, Coneflowers, Black-Eyed Susan are amongst a few of the varieties that are grown all around US to attract birds, bees and butterflies. Bright colors like Pink, Red, Purple and Orange are a good choice to add in flowers as they attract your chirpy and colorful friends to your garden. Try growing the colors in a bunch so that they can see that there is food for them in your green space.
You do not have to feel bad or worry about small spaces when it comes these feathery friends. If you provide the nectar filled plants, you will surely see them flocking around. So, fret not and plant on.
Just a few simple steps and you have a new aspect to your garden, which will get you hooked to your new friends in no time and leave in you in awe.