Attracting Wildlife To Your Garden
Wildlife gardening can be so exciting as you watch the many activities which go on in your garden and landscape. These practices have become so popular because of the life and energy which they bring to a garden setting, how wonderful it is to connect with nature as we watch our garden friends in their natural habitat going about their daily activity collecting their foods ( pollen ) bees and butterflies, even feeding their young however in this article we will be discussing how to attract robins to our gardens.
A little history on the robin
Robins are songbirds that are native to and popular in North America. They can be found in the city, parks, gardens, woodlands, home lawns, fields, and so on. It’s said that the male robins sing so sweetly.
The American robin can produce up to three successful broods in a year’s time. Some of their favorite foods are earthworms, grasshoppers, caterpillars, and berries. Once a male robin finds his mate
he will continue to bring the female robin food to strengthen their bond. Robins were once hunted for food but is now protected by the migratory bird act that is in the U.S. A robin can live 13 months in captivity and up to 6 years in the wild.
Garden plants that attract robins
While it may be true that having a garden will automatically attract wildlife, it is best to install plants that will attract the kind of wildlife you want to see in your garden. To have greater success at attracting robins to your garden here are a few plants to consider.
1. Sunflowers are great to add to your garden area, leaving the faded flower will allow seedheads to form which will attract robins to your garden.
2. The ivy plants are a favorite of robins as well as many other birds, installing the ivy plant will have your garden buzzing with activity from your garden friends.
3. Honeysuckles are beautiful garden plants with showy flowers that can bring much flavor. During the autumn months, these garden beauties provide berries for a range of birds including robins.
4. Holly plants produce beautiful bright red berries that can light up your garden area, during autumn these berries are ripe and are sure to get the heads of robins, redwings, blackbirds, and other birds turning as they feast upon this delight.
5. Marigolds are beautiful garden plants with amazing colors of bright orange and yellow along with a mixture of orange and yellow. The dry seeds which these flowers produce is a real treat for birds.
Installing shrubs is great when seeking to attract wildlife including robins. What makes shrubs so great is shrubs will provide the following.
2. Protection from predators such as cats.
3. A nesting site.
4. Shade from the summer’s heat.
Some shrubs which make a great habitat include
5. Wax Myrtle.
Shrubs that are native to your region should be installed to have success.
Adding garden features
Here are other features that can be added.
1. A birdbath makes a great garden feature but besides a great garden feature birdbaths will attract robins so investing in a birdbath will work wonders.
2. A fruit feed that is hanging from a tree will encourage robins to your garden to ensure that the fruit feeder hangs from a tree. Fruits may consist of grapes, pears, plums, apple strawberries, and raisins.
3. The use of a nesting box is an added benefit if you hope for your invited guest to mate and have their young. The nesting box should have an open front and be placed in a secured area that is quiet and will give robins their privacy. Ensure the nesting box is hidden from cats.
4. Adding a bird feeder will attract them, this feeding station will be buzzing with excitement as they feast on their favorite seeds. Ensure that the feeder is in an area or high enough of the ground away from cats, dogs, and other wildlife that can be a threat to robins.
5. Mealworms are a real treat to robins and will get them excited.
Note: Providing plants that produce bright flower bloom will attract wildlife to your garden
Feeding robins in the winter
During the winter months help your feathered friends along by placing foods on the ground. These foods can consist of.
2. Sliced Apples.
Note: Only install shrubs that are native to your region for garden success.
Providing a water source for birds in the winter
During the winter months it can be difficult for your robins to find unfrozen water, a great feature is to add a birdbath which comes with a built-in heating system this way your robins will be able to enjoy a good drink of unfrozen water during the winter months.
Don’t use harmful chemicals in your garden because these chemicals can be harmful to your robins, their young, and other wildlife.
The final word
Creating a garden habitat that will attract wildlife is a creative way not only to connect with nature but to also give nature a helping hand in ensuring that wildlife is being taken care of. If this garden type interests you then I encourage you to invest in a garden of this sort as you provide a home for these garden beauties which I believe is so amazing.
About the author
Norman loves being in the garden, both at home and for his job....
he is 'Natures Little helper' being outdoors, growing his vegetables and flowers from an early age.
Now having spent over 22 years in the profession he want to give some of his knowledge to others...
his vast array of hints and tips you will find scattered over this site will help you no end growing plants in your garden.