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Renter’s Guide to a Bird-Friendly Yard

Robin at a Bird FeederIf you’re a Flemington renter, you may start to think of practices on how to make your yard more bird-friendly. After all, a good number of landlords won’t be happy if you start changing the landscaping without proper approval. You can take some easy steps to attract more birds to your yard! Let’s look at the proven ways to make your rental home’s yard more hospitable for birds. Read on for helpful advice on bringing more birds into your life!

What a Bird Wants

One of the best methods to attract birds to your yard is by knowing what birds are looking for and including that in your yard. For example, birds are into shady areas that offer plenty of places to perch. They are also attracted to areas with plentiful food sources. So a great place to start is putting out some bird feeders and filling them with bird seed. Bird seed is relatively cheap, and you can find it at most pet stores or online. If you want to get more creative, you can make your own bird feeders from recycled materials. Just be sure to research and buy the right kind of bird seed for your local bird population. It’s also essential to keep the bird feeders clean, so be sure to empty and wash them consistently.

Attracting Hummingbirds

One of the most beautiful and exciting types of birds is the hummingbird. There are a few things you can do to attract them. First, plant some flowers that hummingbirds love, such as bee balm or trumpet vine. You also put out a hummingbird feeder filled with sugar water. An easy recipe for hummingbird water is to mix 1 part sugar with 4 parts water. Be sure to change the sugar water every few days and clean the feeder regularly. Avoid using hummingbird food with red dye – it’s not good for them! Also, avoid using pesticides in your yard, as they can harm hummingbirds.

Add a Water Source

Another way to attract birds is by providing them with water. Birds need water for drinking and bathing, so adding a birdbath is a great way to attract them to your yard. Birds love to splash around to cool off on warm summer days, giving you ample time to enjoy their antics. You can purchase a pre-fabricated birdbath in a wide variety of styles and materials at most hardware stores or online. Or, you could also make a simple birdbath out of a huge plastic container. Just remember to place the birdbath in a shady spot and clean it regularly to reduce mosquitos and keep the water fresh.

Introduce Native Plants

To attract local birds, you will have to try planting native plants in your yard. Native plants are those that are naturally found in your area, and they deliver natural sources of food and shelter for birds. If you are planning to plant in the yard, just be sure to ask your Flemington property manager first. If they say no, it’s not the end – you could always get creative with some inexpensive planter boxes and pots. By planting native plants in your yard, you’ll bring in the birds and they provide a precious resource for them. You can find native plants at most nurseries or online.

Add Places to Nest

Ultimately, you can make your yard more bird-friendly by creating nesting sites. Birds need places to build their nests, so you can help them by providing nesting boxes or birdhouses. You can buy nesting boxes at most hardware stores or make your own out of recycled materials. A remarkable thing about nesting boxes is that some birds will return every year to nest so you can enjoy them again and again! No matter what type of nesting site you want, just remember to place the nesting boxes in a shady spot and clean them regularly (between nesting seasons) to keep the birds safe.

Following these tips, you can easily make your yard more bird-friendly and attract more birds to your home. Get started today and appreciate the loveliness of birds in your own backyard!


If you are looking for a new rental home where you can create a bird paradise, browse our listings online to see options in your vicinity.

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