Birdwatchers may travel far and wide to catch glimpses of rare bird species in their natural habitat. It can be fascinating and relaxing to watch them gathering food, singing a song, playing in the water, building a nest, and raising their young. With the right landscaping, you can observe all this in your own back yard. The plants below can help transform your yard into a wildlife oasis for the birds and your family.
Mulberries provide fruit in the summer that can attract robins, waxwings, cardinals and other songbirds. Mulberry trees can grow from 30 to 60 feet high—plenty of room for birds to build a nest and make themselves at home. Landscape design is very important with fruit trees. We recommend planting mulberries away from sidewalks or driveways to avoid a mess from any fallen fruit.
Dogwood trees are popular for their attractive flowers in spring and can be the star of any yard. They also provide bright red berries in fall. This fruit can attach robins, bluebirds, thrushes, catbirds, cardinals, tanagers, grosbeaks, and more. Dogwood trees can grow up to 40 feet high and are also great candidates for bird nests.
Wild grape provides fall fruit that is a highly attractive food to more than 50 species of birds, including robins, bluebirds, thrushes, catbirds, cardinals, orioles, wild turkey, woodpeckers, and mockingbirds. These climbing vines provide dense greenery that can provide cover, nest materials, or an excellent site for nests. A stone or wood wall could be the perfect place for wild grape vines, or try hedgerows.
Crabapples are medium-sized trees that provide attractive blossoms in spring, with fruit in the fall that persists into winter. These trees can attract robins, bluebirds, thrushes, catbirds, cardinals, waxwings, pine grosbeaks, finches and others who feast on the flower buds, flowers, fruit and seeds. These trees provide cover against predators and make great nesting sites.
Different varieties of flowers may also help in attracting birds and butterflies. Hummingbirds and butterflies are attracted to bee balm, columbine, gladiolus, hibiscus, butterfly weed, nasturtium, trumpet vine, zinnia, and more. Other birds may occasionally feed on the nectar. The seeds of certain flowers such as columbine, marigolds, bell flower, and cosmos may attract mourning doves, cardinals, brown thrashers, and song sparrows.
It isn’t just the plants that can attract birds to your yard. Add a water feature to attract birds looking for an oasis from the summer heat. Bird baths, fountains, and ponds are great bird attractants.
If you think deciding on the perfect trees and plants is for the birds, let us help. From landscape design to maintenance, SAT Landscape has you covered. Calls us today at 614.457.8257 to discuss how we can transform your yard into the perfect wildlife oasis.