The hummingbird season is finally here! After months of cold, wet, wintery weather, springtime has finally brought color and wild birds back to your yard. Each year bird advocates birdscape their yards with Perky-Pet® bird feeders, waterers, bird houses, and more. But why not focus on the tiny, yet mighty, hummingbird? We’ve got three simple tips to help you create a hummingbird garden.
1. Plant The Right Flowers, Shrubs, and Plants
Because hummingbirds have a very poor sense of smell, they prefer flowering plants that do not have a strong smell. To make up for weak senses, hummers have an incredible sense of vision; plant trumpet shaped flowers that are preferably red, orange, or pink in color. As an added benefit, strategically select flowers and plants that have a varied blooming time, so that hummingbirds will continue to visit your hummingbird garden.
Some great flowers include: azaleas, fuchsia, gladiolas, petunias, impatiens, morning glories, columbines, and select varieties of honeysuckle to name a few.
2. Proper Hummingbird Feeder Placement
Even an amateur birder knows that feeder placement is essential for successful bird feeding. Place hummingbird feeders at least 15 to 20 feet from windows and 10 to 15 feet from the nearest cover, such as a shrub or bush. These feeders should be placed in an open area, that receives partial sun, so that hummingbirds can move from nectar source to nectar source.
3. Clean Your Feeders And Be Observant
As the weather gets warmer, make sure that you are staying on top of regularly cleaning the feeders in your hummingbird garden. Clean your hummingbird feeder every two days in extremely warm weather and less often during cooler temperatures. You should also be observant of the activity happening in, and around, your hummingbird garden. Don’t use pesticides near this location of your yard. Not only are the pesticides harmful to hummers, if ingested, but they also kill the small insects that hummingbirds feed on for protein.
Take these simple pieces of advice and increase your chance of hummingbirds feeding in your new hummingbird garden. Once these instinctual creatures find your beautifully birdscaped backyard, it’ll be the perfect time to take out your camera and capture the moment. Happy Birding!