How To Attract Hummingbirds To Your Yard

Posted on: 2 November 2016

There are so many things to love about hummingbirds. However, you might have found that while you can attract lots of other types of birds to your yard with a standard bird feeder, it can be tough to attract hummingbirds. Luckily, though, there are a few things that you can do to help make your yard a little more hummingbird-friendly. In no time, you might just find yourself looking at beautiful hummingbirds on a regular basis.

Buy Hummingbird Feeders

Standard bird feeders can attract all sorts of birds. However, hummingbirds are a little more "picky," so they need certain types of feeders. There are a couple of different types of hummingbird feeders, such as inverted feeders and saucer feeders. Hummingbirds like both of these options, so you can try buying either one or using a couple of different types all over your yard. You can purchase nectar mix from a home and garden store or online and use it to make the special "food" that hummingbirds like, which is similar to sugar water.

Provide Water

Hummingbirds love to bathe, so providing a source for them to do so can help attract them to your yard and can provide you with a source of entertainment while you watch them play and bathe in the water, too. Since they are so small, they do not need deep water in order to bathe and drink. Along with liking shallow bird feeders, hummingbirds are also attracted to misters that are set on a light setting.

Plant the Right Flowers

Making sure that you plant the right flowers is a great way to invite hummingbirds to your yard. Aloe attracts hummingbirds, and it's a good thing to have in your garden anyway, since it's great for burns. Lots of colorful flowering plants also attract hummingbirds, such as lobelia, monarda, tecoma, and more. Along with planting the right flowers, it is also a good idea to plant shrubbery for hummingbirds, since this can help encourage them to build their nests in your yard.

Be Insect-Friendly

Hummingbirds like to eat insects. If you want hummingbirds to be able to find the insects that they crave, you'll want to avoid using pesticides on your property. Even though you might not want to deal with the bugs, the hummingbirds that visit your property will love them.

As you can see, there are a few steps that you can take to attract hummingbirds to your yard. Give these tips a try if you want to attract these beautiful little creatures to your property. For more information, contact local professionals like Oliver's Landscaping & Garden Service, LLC.

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