How to Attract Birds & Butterflies to Your Backyard





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Published on Aug 19, 2010

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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.

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.

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.

Did You Know?
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.

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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