Attract More Wildlife With Garden Décor
Emily White, B.Sc.
The Greeks and Romans were perhaps among the first to decorate their grounds by incorporating art into their gardens. When you combine garden art with plants you may be surprised at what happens next. Not only does the art provide a focal point for your yard, but also it becomes a point of interest for many of the birds and animals that visit your garden. Though traditionally feeders and birdbaths are most often added to attract birds, statuary is surprisingly tempting as well.
Wildlife will automatically seek garden art for sunning, resting and observation. Soon after adding a gazing ball to your flowerbed, a brightly colored bird may arrive to inspect his own reflection. A decorative fountain may become a home away from home for a small frog.
Throughout the day many birds will pause to perch, preen and sing on garden statues. Perhaps they are attracted by the added height or because the statues absorb heat. Other wildlife such as lizards, squirrels, snakes and toads will also take advantage of your decorations.
Shade may be another advantage. Often the soil will remain damp around benches and larger pieces of statuary providing a moist habitat. Robins often hunt for worms and insects in such shady areas.
Garden art is as varied as the people who manufacture and buy it. Finding pieces that suit your taste and budget is easy. Large or small, orbs, obelisks, urns, benches, trellises, gargoyles or gongs, there is something at Featherfields for everyone. The new art you incorporate will quickly become part of your yard’s allure. The delight in seeing birds and other creatures enjoying your garden décor will enrich your outdoor experience.
Because many birds eat insects and feed them to their young, it is extremely important not to use pesticides on your property. Do not spray trees or shrubs for caterpillars, or your lawn for beetles. It has been shown that spraying these insects can cause direct harm or even death to birds like orioles or bluebirds that attempt to feed on sprayed insects.
Let the birds take care of the pests for you. Orioles, for example, seem especially fond of hairy caterpillars, such as gypsy moth and tent caterpillars, and thus are an important natural control for these insect pests.
Attracting birds is a rewarding experience. Remember to preserve their habitat, avoid pesticides, and provide for their needs by offering backyard feeders, birdbaths, nesting materials and appropriate habitat. Now sit back and enjoy the show in living color!