As the ground freezes up and our gardens become barren, looking for pleasurable winter hobbies can be outright challenging. An all-year round pastime and one particularly gratifying in the winter is watching birds fly in and out of the natural habitats created in your landscape. Planting is for the birds if you like to be part of their scene. Although feeders and the like can encourage habitats, planting is one of the best ways to attract birds to your property. What, where and how you plant should be part of your overall theme if you want to be on the top ten bird resorts. This includes using native species as well as creating nesting havens with certain types of evergreens. Need help figuring out the birds? Visit a nearby wildlife sanctuary, a park or your favorite walking trail to spot and watch the bird activity. You can learn from what the birds flock to naturally to mimic it in your own landscape.
The best advice - take heed to the words of Roger Tory Peterson. “Birds have wings; they're free; they can fly where they want when they want. They have the kind of mobility many people envy.” So don’t just plant; plant for the birds. Create a natural habitat in your landscape and enjoy a calming pastime – bird watching. Your appreciation of the winter garden is bound to grow when you gaze at all the buzz and activity if you just plant for the birds.
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