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By: Marko Vuorinen
There are fond memories of find birds' nests in the yard, and watching eggs hatch. Additionally, the sounds of birds chirping in the morning can provide a great natural alarm clock. There are many pleasing benefits associated with birds in the landscape, and with careful planning, it is possible to attract birds to the landscape, providing you with many obvious benefits, and with some that may not seem so easy to see. Attracting birds with trees that provide shelter, offering food through feeders and through certain plants, and by make the landscape an altogether inviting place, is a fairly easy thing to do, and with a little planning, you can reap all the benefits that grow out of actively inviting birds to be a part of your landscape.

Increased wildlife population. Biodiversity has been shown to be a very important part of our ecology. By inviting bird populations into your yard, you are encouraging this necessary part of our ecosystem. If you have a good landscaping plan to attract birds, you are likely to double the number of birds on your property.

Soil conservation. Landscape plants that birds like, such as trees, shrubs, and some flowers, actually help retain soil. Additionally, when birds cause some fruits to fall to the ground, they provide organic sources of compost and mulch. These things help reduce soil erosion and increase the number of nutrients in the soil.

Energy conservation. Conserving energy results directly in savings in the pocketbook. When you conserve energy with well thought out landscaping, you will save money in costs to heat and cool your home. Birds are attracted to large trees, and so if you carefully plan where to place trees like large evergreens and hardwoods, you can provide shelter for the birds and keep your home better protected from the elements.

Birdwatching. Birding is fast becoming one of the more popular hobbies in the United States. This is because it can be very relaxing to watch birds. Additionally, it can be a lot of fun to identify species and check off the species you see in the yard. Birdwatching also makes a great family activity. You can spend quality time with your family, while teaching your children to appreciate and enjoy nature. Some birdwatchers report a count of over 190 different species visiting their yards.

Wildlife photography. This is another great hobby that allows people time to enjoy nature. Studies have been done that prove the efficacy of nature in helping mental health and helping people for connected and a better sense of self. There is no need for professional equipment. Most of the fun is just snapping pictures. Then a scrapbook can be made of bird pictures, and this can result in a great sense of accomplishment.

Natural insect control. Insects can be somewhat annoying, and birds eat insects. By designing a landscape that attracts birds, you will find that they come and quite often eat the insects that plague your enjoyment in your yard. Without resorting to possibly harmful pesticides, you can control the insect populations in your yard.

Natural beauty. Birds are a part of the natural habitat. This means that when you create a natural landscape design that attracts birds, you are enjoying a more natural state. As mentioned before, many studies find a correlation to feelings of wellbeing and exposure to nature. You can improve your quality of life by creating a nature-filled landscape that includes birds.

Increased property value. Your carefully designed landscape provides more than just value for birds and intrinsic value for you. Property values go up when attractive landscaping is present. When you have an attractive home, it is worth more in hard cash. This means that carefully chosen plants can not only enhance your enjoyment of a home by attracting birds, but can cause an increase in the amount of money you can expect to get when you decide to sell.

Child development. Having a natural-looking habitat that attracts birds can also attract children. It makes an interesting place for children to play. Plus, it can help them develop a lifelong love of nature, conservation, and wildlife. This betters the world for the future and is part of helping your children become a more rounded people who enjoy doing more than just sitting in front of the TV or computer.

Marko Vuorinen
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