Jan 25, 2016 | Featured in: Watching Backyard Birds, February 2016

Plan Your Bird Garden Now

Nectar-producing flowers are a surefire way to attract hummingbirds to your yard.
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The weather outside might be frightful for a month or two longer, but dedicated gardeners know that winter is the best time to plan a garden. If you have found space in your yard for a vegetable patch and a few flowers, please consider finding a corner, a fence line, or a few square feet for the birds. Draw a map of your yard and its vegetation as it was last summer.

Note trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials, and landscaping. What changes will make your yard more attractive for birds? The changes don't have to be drastic or expensive. Adding a single native shrub to a grassy expanse can provide safe cover as birds fly toward your feeding station. A single, well-chosen and well-placed plant can increase the number and diversity of birds in your yard, and even at your feeder.

What is missing from your yard? Are there nectar-producing flowers to attract hummingbirds? Can you find a space tucked away for a brush pile? What would be the optimal spot for a water feature?

Use these winter months to devise a plan to make your yard more friendly and accommodating to the birds!

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