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How To Attract Birds To Your Yard

There are few things more enchanting than the dawn chorus of songbirds; however, as new housing developments replace old pastures and woodlands, many fowl species are finding it more and more difficult to live and reproduce as they once did. By offering fowl necessities such as food, water, and shelter, you will be providing them with resources that they may have a difficult time finding elsewhere. In turn, you'll have a chance to enjoy the sight and sound of fowl year-round in your own yard.

Feeders Attract Birds

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Placing feeders near shade trees attracts fowls because they will have a place to retreat if threatened by predators or rivals. You can provide a single feeder with a mix of seeds in order to attract a wide variety of species, or you can purchase foods that entice a specific kind of bird. Goldfinches, for example, prefer thistle seeds and feeders that allow them to hang sideways while eating as they would in the wild. Orioles favor nectar feeders or sliced oranges. There is also a wide array of species that prefer to feed directly from the ground, such as quail, cardinals, and doves, and they may not like using a traditional fowl feeder. Providing several kinds of feeding stations will help you attract multiple species, and by tailoring what kinds of food you offer, you can attract the types of fowl you enjoy the most.

The second thing you will need to furnish in order to attract fowl to your yard is a clean and reliable source of water. Not only do fowl need water for drinking, but it is also vital for fowl to bathe regularly. Bathing allows them to properly groom and maintain their feathers which in turn gives them protection against wind and rain. A wide but shallow birdbath is best for most species, and if your yard is frequented by cats or other predators, use a birdbath that has a pedestal.

The third and most often overlooked thing that your feathered visitors need is plenty of cover. Most fowl are prey species, meaning that they must constantly be on alert for predators. Soon after you hang a feeder, cats, raccoons, foxes, and others may soon realize that your yard harbors a large number of well-fed fowl for them to snack upon. If you don't provide the right kind of cover, you'll not only be attracting robins and finches but also their predators. If you ever observe fowl closely, you'll notice that they prefer areas that offer protection not only from ground predators such as cats and foxes but also seek shelter from aerial predators like hawks. For this reason, if you want to make your yard a sanctuary for fowl, you will need to offer them thick shrubs as well as tall trees in which to take cover.

Trees Attract Birds

Wherever you live or the size of your yard, there are certain characteristics of the plants you choose that should be the same, no matter if you live in Maine, Key West, or Las Vegas. The most important characteristic of a fowl sheltering plant is a dense, bushy growth pattern. Use species that not only have thick foliage but a dense growth of branches so that fowl have a place to shelter from predators and inclement weather, even during the winter. Planting low-growing shrubs beneath shade trees attracts fowl by providing multiple levels of cover. Thick shrubs such as burning bushes (Euonymus alatus) are a good choice, as they can tolerate some shade from the tree above and have attractive fall foliage. Be aware, however, that burning bushes are considered invasive in some areas. Another superb shrub that provides cover is lilac shrub (Syringa vulgaris). These deciduous ornamentals can be grown as either a bush or as a small tree, and although they are best known for their sweet-smelling flowers, lilacs are also known for attracting fowl due to their dense growth habit. These are just two examples among many, and there are many alternatives to burning bushes and lilac shrubs.

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If you have a passion for wildlife and would like to attract more fowl to your yard, these are a few things you should offer your avian visitors to make them feel more at home. Like any creature, fowl are attracted to food, and offering them a well-stocked feeder will instantly increase the number of fowl you see. Likewise, fowl of all species need to have a reliable source of water. But if you truly want fowl to feel at home in your yard, the most important thing you can offer them is shelter. Combining all three elements will make your backyard a beloved home of wild fowl for years to come.

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Coneflower Plant

The coneflower plant, or echinacea, is known for its distinctive daisy-like, purple flowers with a prominent cone-shaped center. These flowers attract pollinators and add color to gardens.  The Coneflower Plant Blooms Mid-Summer Coneflowers, which resemble daisies, typically bloom in the middle to end of summer. Certain types may begin blooming earlier or continue into the autumn. They are available in a rainbow of hues, from yellow to deep pink, and with both single and double blooms that are incredibly vibrant. Magnus Superior variants bloom from the end of spring until the end of summer with rosy-violet rays that can reach a diameter of seven inches. These plants respond exceptionally well to deadheading. They spread gracefully like wildflowers thanks to their abundant seed production and self-sowing capabilities. Their delicate branches and colorful flowers make them perfect for gardens, where they provide visual interest without drawing attention to themselves. This naturalizing effect makes the plant look better and works well to fill in gaps between flower beds. Add Uniqueness to Your Garden With It Because of their unusual shape and composition, cones are a great way to add variety to your landscape. Their unique cone shapes also make them eye-catching accents among other garden plants. They provide textural variety to a garden by growing erect, contrasting wonderfully with trailing or mounding plants. In expansion, they can adjust to a broad range of soil types and light levels, giving you more alternatives for planting them. Invite Pollinators to Your Yard With It Since Coneflower Plants produce both nectar and pollen, many pollinators rely on these flowers for sustenance. Each 250 to 500 blooms that make up its black, cone-shaped flower head serves as a little cup of nectar for the pollinators. Bees and hummingbirds are just a few of the pollinators that love it. This variant can grow up to three feet tall and typically blooms between the middle of summer and the beginning of September each year because they produce seeds and are a popular nectar source for birds. They are of the same genus as the daisy, which you could guess by looking at. They bear stunning purplish-pink petals and are naturally drought-tolerant. As a native plant, they provide professionals and gardening enthusiasts with a low-maintenance option for adding complexion to outdoor spaces. What Do They Look Like?  The Coneflower (also called Echinacea) may be well-known for its petals' deep to pastel purple tinge. However, a closer look will reveal one of the most intricate and alluring central disks of all flowering plants. This flower gets its name from this striking and unique central disk.  It has received this moniker thanks to the spiny central hub. The spines are spread out in an almost exact order of distance, giving the cone a symmetrical shape and order that is truly stunning when observed closely.  In full bloom, their petals may splay out parallel to the ground or stretch downward. This positioning puts the central cone on full display and accentuates its bulbous shape. The spines on the cone can adopt a rust, red, orange, or yellow pigmentation throughout the blooming season.  Of course, the petals are nothing to sneeze at. Being a daisy gendaisieshe, the petals are lance-shaped and can grow to about 1.5 inches long. The flower is mostly an intense purple, where it connects with the stem and washes out gradually towards the tip. In some lights, this creates a pastel effect that is perfect for pairing with other flowers without drawing too much attention.  The stem grows erect and can reach heights between 2 and 4 feet. This makes this plant a great contrast to creeping or bunching plants. The leaves are basal and arranged alternately. They are a deep, cool green reminiscent of forest floors.  What Should You Plant Coneflowers If their chromatic and structural traits aren't enough to entice you, check out some of the more practical benefits of adding this flower to your landscape:  Planting Options: They are very versatile when it comes to planting. Once established, they are highly adaptable and can live with varying degrees of light and soil types. So, no matter what soil you have or what kind of space you have to work with, you can still enjoy these flowers. They Attract Pollinators. Hummingbirds and bees love the pollen and nectar they produce. The cone can house 250-500 spines, which are filled with food for a wide variety of pollinators.  Easy to Maintain - While they will require regular watering after planting, they only need a little maintenance after they are established. They respond well to deadheading, which can also help control seeding if you want them to spread only a little. They can handle several types of soil as long as it is well-drained.  They're Drought Tolerant - Want to contribute to the palette of your garden without spending a fortune on water? The plant is drought-tolerant. Once the roots have been established, maintaining them takes very little water. They Come in a Variety of Colors-They come in a bouquet of colors, from the typical purplish-pink to yellow shades. This makes them a popular choice for gardeners who want their landscapes to explode with color while maintaining strong uniformity.  Frequently Asked  Are you ready to start planting them in your lawn or garden? The following answers to commonly asked questions may prepare you.  When Do They Bloom?  The blooming season for them is typically between mid-summer and later summer. Some variants can bloom into autumn.  Do They Like Sun or Shade?  Like most flowers in the daisy family, daisies love sunshine. Planting them in an area with at least six hours of direct sunlight daily would help.  Do They Come Back Every Year? They are perennials, which means they come back every year. This makes them a good choice if you want to add consistent color and variety to your outdoor spaces.  How Tall Are They?  They can stretch to 2-4 feet tall. The stem holds the flower clear above the basal leaves, allowing it to be the show's star, even on the shorter end.  How Do You Plant Them?  Start by digging a hole twice the width of the root ball's diameter. The root ball should be set to level with the soil line. To help retain moisture, add a small amount of compost and mulch to the plant site. After planting, they will need regular watering until the plant has established.  Will They Bloom Again If Deadheaded?  Coneflower respond well to deadheading. They will bloom again if you deadhead them. There are particular advantages to deadheading. Firstly, it will keep them from overtaking other plants in your garden (deadheading prevents seeding). Secondly, it may prolong the bloom time.  How Do You Deadhead A Coneflower It will help if you always deadhead (prune) yours with shears, as the stems can be very hardy and rugged to snap by hand. Deadhead after the flower has faded, cutting it down to a leaf close to new growth.  TN Nursery Provides Year-round Beauty for Your  Whether you want the whole gamut of colors or lush greenery to add to your garden, TN Nursery has you covered. We offer many ferns, flowers, plants, mosses, shrubs, perennials, vines, trees, and more. Your order is backed up by a full, year-long, 100% satisfaction guarantee. Our prime specimens make planting and maintaining easy and allow you to enjoy the fulfillment of gardening. Place an order now and beautify your outdoor spaces.

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