Gardening and bird watching are two very popular pastimes in the United States, and their popularity continues to grow. Why not combine your hobbies and find ways to attract more birds, butterflies, and other wildlife to your yard this year?
At Portage Turf Specialists LLC, we are committed to providing environmentally responsible lawn-care services in Kent, Ohio, and the surrounding areas, so we know a thing or two about landscaping with nature in mind.
Key Elements to Backyard Bird Habitats
Whether you want to attract more birds, butterflies, pollinating insects, frogs and other amphibians, or small mammals, the basic elements to create an urban wildlife habitat are similar.
- You’ll need to provide a water source for your feathered friends. Birdbaths, fountains, ponds, and waterfalls are all good options.
- Food is the next obvious must-have. This can certainly include bird feeders, but natural sources of food such as flowering plants and native fruit trees and shrubs should also be included. Ensure your trees are healthy by using deep-root fertilizers and mycorrhizal treatments applied by trained professionals.
- Birds and other critters will also need nesting sites and safety from predators. Evergreens provide the best shelter for songbirds, but tall trees and dense shrubs also provide good cover.
- Finally, all the fruit trees and water fountains in the world aren’t going to improve your backyard wildlife habitat if you continue to use harsh chemical pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers. Be sure to use organic lawn- care measures so that you aren’t inadvertently harming the birds and wildlife that you are actually trying to attract.
When you’re looking for a lawn-care company that values the work you put into attracting birds and wildlife into your garden, contact the professionals at Portage Turf Specialists. Call us at (330) 296-8873 for a quote on insect and grub control, tree and shrub care, aeration, fertilization and weed control, and all of your sustainable lawn-care needs.