Edward's Garden Center

Forty Fort, PA

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Invite your feathered friends over to your garden

Edward's Garden Center offers birding supplies

Invite your feathered friends to stay for the season with tips from Edward’s Garden Center!

Birds chirping. Baby birds learning to fly. Birds swimming in the bird bath. Can you think of more enjoyable signs of spring and summer in NEPA?

Hopefully, your feathered friends have already come back to your garden. If not, you may want to make sure you have the items that entice them to a specific place.

1. Food
Is your bird feeder out? Have you cleaned it recently? If not, you should probably take it down and give it a good scrub. Some of the high acid seeds in common bird foods can go rancid if left out in the sun. It can also cause the food to clump and get stuck where the birds can’t reach it.

If your bird feeder is ready, make sure you purchase the right type of food to attract the birds in our area. TIP: Make sure the feeder is not stationed in an area where your dog or cat sits. This will keep many birds from stopping in.

2. Water
Make sure your bird bath is a good source of fresh water for the birds in your area. Clean the birdbath and fill it often with fresh water. During the warm weather drinking and bathing are very important to birds. Watching them frolic in the bird bath is a good reason to provide water too.

3. Shelter
Birds will not stay long in an area where they feel anxious. Make sure there are trees, shrubs and high grasses for birds to hide in if they feel threatened. Providing shelter at multiple levels (high and low) will attract a variety of birds to your garden. Shelter near feeders is especially helpful so birds can quickly retreat if they feel threatened while eating.

4. Nesting sites
Sites available for nesting are especially important during the spring. Birds will be searching for a safe place to start their family. Do a little research on what type of birds you hope to attract and provide nesting boxes or bird houses that suit their lifestyle. Our gift shop has a wonderful selection of handmade bird houses and our staff would be happy to help you chose the correct one.

For more tips on how to invite your feathered friends to frequent your garden this season, visit our birding FAQs page.