Today I am sharing the best hummingbird tips I know. Who doesn’t love to watch these darling birds?
I absolutely love hummingbirds. We have a hummingbird feeder just off of our deck and I love to sit and watch them on Saturday mornings with a cup of tea or coffee. They’re such busy little workers, and it inspires me to get more done in my own life! Though they’re cute, hummingbirds can be a little tricky to attract to your garden. Follow these tips and tricks to bring more hummingbirds to your backyard. Their energy is contagious!
1 Hummingbird Tips
1.1 How To Attract
1.1.1 Don’t Remove Spider Webs
220.127.116.11 I know, I know. The second I see one of these horrible things, I’m attacking it with a broom. However, just because you hate spider webs doesn’t mean that hummingbirds do. In fact, they use the material from spider webs to create their own nests. Keep the webs around your garden so they’ll have all of the nest-building materials needed.
How To Attract
Like bees, hummingbirds are pollinators and they love nectar-rich native plant species. To attract the birds to your yard, plant things like Hyancith, Trumpet Vine, Honeysuckle, and BeeBalm. You can read my entire article on it here. You’ll love them for their gorgeous colors and lovely scent…and so will the birds!
To attract hummingbirds to your garden all year long, pick a variety of plants that bloom at different times of the year. Having some kind of flower or plant that is always in bloom throughout your garden all year long is something that is really attractive to hummingbirds.
Before each growing season, “deadhead” or cut off any dead or wilted seedlings from your plant. By removing the dead material, you are “tricking” the plant into producing more. In some cases, you can even deadhead blooms in the late summer for another potential blooming in the fall, depending on your plant variety. Awesome, right?
First thing this growing season, replace any old or broken hummingbird feeders with these new ones from Amazon. If none of your feeders have to be replaced, simply take some time to fill each of them with colored sugar water. This will keep the hummingbirds coming back all season long!
Don’t Remove Spider Webs
I know, I know. The second I see one of these horrible things, I’m attacking it with a broom. However, just because you hate spider webs doesn’t mean that hummingbirds do. In fact, they use the material from spider webs to create their own nests. Keep the webs around your garden so they’ll have all of the nest-building materials needed.
Add A Mister To Your Backyard Area
Add a misting attachment to your hose and watch as the hummingbirds fly through it, getting a little wet along the way. Pick one up at your local home improvement store!
Pat White says
Thanks for the info on the mister for the birds! I didn’t know this or about the spider webs! Great info and I will enjoy my hummingbirds more now! Thank you!
I love hummingbirds too. I have learned that you should not put colouring in the nectar. It is deadly to them. I just boil 1 cup of water and add 1/4 cup white sugar.
I have hummingbirds all year round. They don’t migrate for the winter. I bring the feeder in over night because it freezes. I also change feeders several times a day. That way they always have unfrozen nectar in their feeders.
I wish anyone that posts about Hummingbirds would include the details on cleaning the feeders and the fact that changing nectar has to be done daily in warmer climates and only slightly less often in moderate climates. The death of a Hummingbird due to spoiled nectar is horrific.
Debbie Sandlin says
Squirrels in my feeders