Medioimages/Photodisc

DCL

Birds are like people, except they are a different species and aren't as good at crossword puzzles. Despite our obvious differences, we still want birds around. They are nice to look at and free to enjoy. Birds eat pesky insects that may tear up your garden, so they are a green first step towards replacing pesticides.

If you create the right environment in your backyard, you can provide a safe haven for birds. The birds, instead of living somewhere harmful to humans and themselves, will be able to safely nest in your backyard.

Here are a few tips to lure them there.

No Pesticides

First of all, do not use pesticides. The pesticides may kill the birds you are trying to attract.

Proper Trees

If you've landscaped your home for energy savings, you probably have a few a trees in your yards. The evergreen trees make a great year-round home for birds, especially those that have berries and seed-producing cones. You'll also want to grow deciduous trees that have berries, fruits or other possible bird eats.

Reduce the Size of Your Lawn

A big lawn does not a bird-magnet make. A large lawn can also consume a lot of time, money, water and lawn-mower gasoline. Planting shrubs or hedges or anything that provides cover for birds is preferable. Bird houses also work as cover.

Water

Birds need water. Any shallow pool of water can provide birds water. A bird bath is a popular method of providing off-ground water to birds. Birds are vulnerable to cat and other predator attacks when they are on the ground. To keep the cats off your bird bath grow prickly plants along its base.

Bird Feeders

Birds are attracted to feeders. Feed them native seeds if possible. Exotic foods can give native birds digestion troubles.