What brings these little Jewels coming back year after year to your Hummingbird Garden?

How would you like to have hummingbirds visit your backyard garden year after year? Your Hummingbird Garden success starts by understanding what hummingbirds need to survive and to feel comfortable enough to stay and raise their family. Well, at least, that goes for the female hummingbird. Yep, the female hummingbird builds the nest, sits on the eggs and feeds the babies while the male hummingbirds takes no part.

There are several things that you can add to your garden. Once put in place, you will see an increase in hummingbirds and other backyard garden wildlife.

So, get your camera ready!!

SEVEN ELEMENTS Required for a
Hummingbird Garden Success

  • Grow Nectar Plants
    Plant a mixture of annuals, perennials, vines and shrubs to your Hummingbird Garden. This will give you a garden that blooms from spring to fall, providing plenty of food for migrating hummingbirds and keep them well fed to stick around all summer long. Make sure you offer plenty of plants of red blossoms that are rich with nectar and of a tubular shape.

What brings these little Jewels coming back year after year to your Hummingbird Garden?

  • Water
    Unlike other birds, you won’t see hummingbirds splashing around in your birdbath or water pond, the water is too deep. You can, however, attach a mister to your birdbath as a way to provide the necessary water. You can “kill two birds with one stone” oh no, wait a minute, that’s not a good metaphor to use. Let me try that again.. I have a money saving suggestion that will give you more “bang for your buck.” If you buy a mister, buy one that is a combo mister and dripper, you’ll attract other wildbirds like crazy.You can also help provide natural hummingbird birdbaths by including larger-leaved plants in your garden.
    My two favorites: The Rhubarb Plant and The Elephant Ear Plant

    If you enjoy taking pics, you’re going to want to have your camera ready.
    They really put on a show!

  • Perching Post
    Provide a perch that’s close and in clear view of your hummingbird feeder. This will allow them to scope out the territory and feel secure as they fly in and take a sip or two. A shephards hook, a bracket or even a dead branch/tree will do the trick.
  • Feeders
    Feeders are not really necessary if you provide plenty of food all summer long, but they are hard to resist since they look so nice and add such an artistic presence to any garden. And, if you add feeders that are of red color, you’re just adding more ways to attract hummingbirds.
    Again, offering you more “bang for you buck.”
  • Maintenance
    It’s very important to keep your feeders clean and free of mold. Normally, I have to fill my feeders every three days and I always make sure I give them a good rinse with hot water. If you notice mold or if the sugar water has spoiled, clean the feeder out with a solution of hot water, soap and a little bit of vinegar – some say use bleach, but I say “keep it natural.” Add a teaspoon of uncooked rice and swirl around until mold is no longer visible. Rinse well with clean tap water and your good to add a fresh batch of sugar water. It’s a good idea to give your feeders a good cleaning every week using a brush to get into the hard to reach spots.
  • Go Totally Organic
    Like I mentioned above and through-out my web-site.
    Keep It Natural…for Wild’s Sake!
    Hummingbirds, butterflies, dragonflies, wildbirds are all sensitive to insecticides and pesticides. You’re trying so hard to attract wildlife into your backyard garden so don’t turn around and poison their living environment – their habitat. Let the birds, bugs and toads do their thing, they love to munch down on your garden pests, so let them.Take the time and interest to learn more about Natural Organic Gardening, we all need to do our part in perserving our precious wildlife. Help fight the extinction of so many of our beautiful backyard wildlife.