A while ago I suggested we create a bird garden in our backyard. We have always had bird feeders and we love to see the birds in the yard. The sound of birds singing in the morning has always been one of my favorite sounds. At our old house we used to have what we happily referred to as, ” the bird sanctuary.” We had so many big beautiful trees, plenty of bird feeders , a bird bath and a lot of different species of birds came to visit. It was great! But here we have no trees. So an area where we could watch the birds, feed them ,and let them hang out and maybe take a little bath. Sounded perfect. Today’s blog is all about creating our bird garden.
We chose the far corner of the yard so we could see the bird garden from the dining room, living room and french doors.We measured out the area and removed all of the sod. Hard work folks!
Choosing the tree was more challenging than expected. But we finally decided on an ornamental pear tree. It provides beautiful white blossoms in the spring. But is not fruit bearing. To properly plant a tree -dig the hole by looking for the root that is attached highest on the tree ( the root flare) and measure just below that point to the bottom of the root ball and three times the diameter of the root ball. Loosen the root ball well ,freeing the large roots. Add root stabilizer to the hole before you place the tree. Mound with dirt like a well aroun the tree and soak well with water. We added supports too. Then we placed the redwood ( treated timbers ),staked and screwed them into place and dug a hole for the bird feeder post and filled it with concrete.
Then it was time for the dirt…
Ah yes ,the dirt. I hate that we have to buy dirt! Dirt is so expensive, it’s crazy. We filled the back of the “ole Grandpa truck and then we shoveled that heavy stuff into the garden. More hard work………… Sparky’s truck has seen us through a lot. We recently removed the shell ( it had been on the truck since 1997, and we donated it. Removing it was a a challenge. But it’s so nice to have the open bed available for things like hauling dirt. Maybe a little yard sale-ing, Shh…. don’t tell Sparky.
Once the garden was filled with dirt It was time to add some flowers. I selected a nice day lily for the center. It’ll fill out over time and has lovely white flowers in the spring. I added a few annuals too ( so it doesn’t look to bare.) Petunias and marigolds, both inexpensive and easy to grow. I Put in some chrysanthemums and purple phlox too. In the back are bulbs ( so it looks a bit empty) we should see some flowers next year and on both sides are rhododendrons . You can almost see one of the little stumps in the first photo.
So with some time and patience it will soon fill in beautifully and provide a great party spot for the birds. We’ve already seen a few visitors hanging out on the bird feeder. This morning I saw a red robin taking a bath. I’m really happy with the result. I’ll post again when the plants start to fill in.
Do you do anything to attract birds to your yard?