Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen from Vanveenbulbs.com.
In this segment we’re going to talk about how to attract bluebirds to your garden. Now
we all love wildlife. There are so many different animals and birds, that we can enjoy when
we have our garden. Whether it’s just spending an afternoon looking at the butterflies. Or
humming birds in your Crocosmia. There are so many different little birds and animals
that we really enjoy in our gardens. And that we want to attract. So Bluebirds are like
other birds. There’s just a few things that they need to survive. Now you’ve got remember,
in nature out in the wild. You usually find Bluebirds in wide open fields with just a
few trees. And there’s lots of fruit, berries. A lot of cherries and those apples, all kinds
of trees and shrubs that they can live in. They also need a lot of places to raise their
young. So in the wild they have old trees. When trees die, they’re hollow. So they make
their homes inside the hollow trees. Well, in our gardens, we don’t usually have a lot
of hollow trees. So we can add lib a little bit and enjoy the Bluebirds in our garden,
as well. So I might not have a lot of dead logs on my property. But I do have a lot of
bird houses. And the key with the bluebirds is, is you don’t want the hole to the entrance
to the home. To be any larger than 2 inches. Because you don’t want larger birds or crows
to get in there and attack the babies. Or get the eggs out. And just about two inches
seems to be the key. And Bluebirds and sparrows, all love bird houses. And so I’ve got them
all over my property. And it gives them a place to live. And we do have a lot of wold
areas in the neighborhood. That they can live, as well. So they seem pretty happy in my garden.
The most important feature of your garden to attract birds. Any type of birds, especially
Bluebirds, is water. You cannot have birds on your property without water. And the sparrows
and the Bluebirds and the Blue Jays just love my little rock water fountain. And even this
morning, I saw a lot of them playing in there. And it’s so fun to see them. And how much
fun they have in the water. And so, make sure if you have any water features. Never ever
to add any chemicals. No bleach, no algae reducers. Pretty much nothing. My key is to
make sure you do not put them in full hot sun. So they don’t get as much algae. And
also, I just drain all the water out and put fresh new water in it. Just by adding the
hose to it for about an hour, once a week. And that’s about enough to keep the water
fresh for the birds. Bluebirds also need some kind of a food source. And they love sunflowers
and they love all types of berries. Blue berries and black berries and raspberries and cherries.
And so if you have a lot of different fruit trees on your property or even wild berries.
Or any wild areas near you, they’ll be really happy. And I really enjoy all of the Bluebirds
on my property. And just by adding some bird houses. Making sure you have some berries
and a couple water features. You’ll be amazed how the birds will enjoy your property too.