How To: Attract birds and butterflies to your backyard

Attract birds and butterflies to your backyard

How to Attract birds and butterflies to your backyard

Food, water, and shelter—that's all butterflies and birds need to consider your backyard a home. And the great thing is that what attracts them will beautify your yard as well!

You Will Need

* Gardening books, magazines, and websites for research
* Seed- and berry-producing plants and trees that are native to your area
* Birdbath
* Birdhouse
* Bird feeder

Step 1: Hang a birdhouse
Hang a birdhouse in a sheltered area.

Step 2: Hang a birdfeeder
Hang a birdfeeder and begin feeding birds in the fall.
*Tip: Fill your birdfeeder with different types of seeds, and you'll notice different types of feathered friends flocking to it.

Step 3: Fill a birdbath
Fill a shallow birdbath with a couple of inches of water.
*Tip: If you live in cold northern climes, a plug-in heated birdbath is a great comfort to winter birds.

Step 4: Keep cats away
Keep your kitty out of the garden! Cats and wild birds don't mix.
*Fact: Butterflies' sense of taste is in their feet.

Step 5: Research
Research plants and trees that are native to your area. Some may already be growing on your property.

Step 6: Plant for birds
To attract birds, plant native plants and trees that produce berries and seeds, such as mulberry, sumac, and evergreen.

Step 7: Plant for butterflies
To attract butterflies, plant native plants that produce nectar, such as butterfly weed, milkweed, and asters.
*Tip: Avoid using pesticides, which can drive birds and butterflies away.

Step 8: Set out rocks
Place large, flat rocks in sunny spots. Butterflies are cold-blooded and will come to these to warm up.

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