If you have spent the long hot Summer watching Hummingbirds and Butterflies it's time to get your garden ready for the birds of Fall. Some you won't have even noticed. But, all sorts of birds have been visiting your Summer garden and will stay around all year.
Most often they are the seed and fruit eating birds like Cardinals, Finches, Sparrows, Doves, Blue Jays, Orioles, Chickadees, Robins, and Woodpeckers.
What happens in Fall really started in Spring when you planted your flower beds. And what you do with those plants in the Fall is what will help and keep your birds around.
If you planted Marigolds, Zinnias, Cosmos, Sunflowers, Phlox, Oriental Poppies, Bee Balm and Coneflowers you have grown nature's bird feeder. In the Fall do you put out pots of Mums and have a few Dandelions still growing in the grass? Leaving dead flowers on all of these plants will provide needed seeds for hungry birds fating up for Winter.
Planting blackberry, blueberry and raspberry bushes provide a tasty treat for your breakfast and berries left on the bushes at the end of the season is a great treat for your birds.
As the leaves start to fall leave some on the ground for birds to find worms and bugs. They will also use leaves to line bird houses, roosting boxes and nesting in hollow trees to keep warm.
Be sure to clean out seed feeders from the Summer and wash bird baths. By mid-October, the Hummingbirds will be on their way South so remove one feeder (if you had two out) and plan to remove your second feeder when you no longer see Hummingbirds stopping by for a drink.
Fall is a beautiful time of the year so kick back, build a fire, grab a mug of apple cider and enjoy the birds. Remember Winter is knocking at the door!