Oct 24, 2018 | Featured in: Watching Backyard Birds, October 2015

Autumn Gardening Tips for Your Yard Birds

Looking to attract more birds to your yard this fall? One of the birdiest places in your yard might be last summer's garden, provided you leave a tangle of dead plants in place. See more tips below.
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1. Don't clean up your garden, or at least not all of it. One of the birdiest places in your yard might be last summer's garden, provided you leave a tangle of dead plants in place. The birds will relish the insects, seeds, and other food material that is left behind.

2. Rake the lawn, but leave plant debris and fallen leaves beneath shrubs and in perennial beds. The decaying matter will provide insulation for roots and bulbs beneath the soil as it replenishes nutrients.

3. Find a spot in your yard for fallen leaves and garden debris, preferably close to the cover of trees or shrubs, where you can allow the yard waste to decompose. It provides habitat for ground-dwelling birds, including quail and sparrows, which peck and scratch through it looking for insect eggs and the remains of seeds.

4. Build a brush pile, especially if your yard is a vast expanse of lawn. The best spot for it, from the birds' perspective, is halfway between the safety of trees or shrubs and your bird feeding station. A brush pile will provide a safe stopping point between natural cover and your feeders, and encourage more visitors.



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  • This is exactly my experience. The local feed store had some on sale so I thought I'd try some. Actually I was shocked at how it is avoided, and I've been feeding birds for more than 40 years. I suppose I've never had it out as the ONLY food source, but when I put it out along with the blackoil, peanuts, cracked corn and suet cakes, absolutely nothing would touch it. Even when I dumped some on the ground the rabbits wouldn't eat it, nor would the squirrels. Eventually some turkeys and deer ate some--when they could find nothing else underneath the other feeders. But even they left plenty on the ground which they NEVER do with cracked corn, sunflower, etc.Every person should try some if they're inclined and decide for themselves since every situation may be a bit different, but for me/my species, safflower is a big no.
    by Colin Croft, Sun, 03 Mar 2019
  • I have questions about the Zick Dough? It says not to use in cold weather. It is still in the 40s here. Too soon? How long should I expect a supply to last? And, use a tray feeder? Thanks.
    by martindf, Sun, 25 Nov 2018
  • Glad I found this. I'm a snowbird and was worried about all the birds that come to feed at my birdfeeder. I have Cardinals, sparrows, doves, Blue Jays, chickadees. I hope they'll find food elsewhere while I'm gone.
    by Donna, Sat, 03 Nov 2018
  • I had a pair nesting for the first time this year at our farmstead in South Dakota. Boxes put out for Bluebirds which didn't come, but these were a very pleasant consolation.
    by fluffypeanutcat, Tue, 25 Sep 2018
  • This is a good point. While cleaning mine, I kinda got the impression the cheep cheeps were waiting on me since they started chirping as soon as I brought it outside again. I swear they are so smart. Within five minutes of filling the feeder up, they are there to feast.cheers Cheep cheeps!
    by Kimber timbers, Fri, 20 Jul 2018