Attract Hummingbirds to Your Garden: Beauty and Benefits
Bring Your Garden to Life: How to Attract Beautiful Hummingbirds
Gardening offers many joys, including the thrill of being visited by a friendly hummingbird in search of nectar. Attracting these tiny birds to your garden adds a touch of natural beauty and promotes the health of your landscape's ecosystem. Learn how to entice these little creatures to visit, and pollinate your plants.
Benefits of Hummingbirds in Your Garden
The benefits of having hummingbirds in your garden go beyond just their beauty. Hummingbirds are important pollinators and can help cross-pollinate plant species. Additionally, their high-energy feeding habits can help to control insect populations. Hummingbirds are insectivores and will eat small insects and spiders in addition to nectar. By consuming these insects, they help to control pest populations and reduce the need for chemical pesticides. Hummingbirds will drink and eat up to two times their body weight every day!
Luring Hummingbirds Into Your Garden
To attract hummingbirds to your garden, it's important to provide a variety of food sources, including nectar-producing flowers, flowering trees, and hummingbird feeders filled with a mixture of four parts water to one part sugar. Boil the water to remove the chlorine, then pour it over the sugar until it is dissolved, or purchase pre-packaged nectar. It's also important to provide a source of water, such as a bird bath or fountain, as hummingbirds need to bathe regularly to keep their feathers in good condition.