Nov 4, 2020 | 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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