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Renter’s Guide to a Bird-Friendly Yard

Robin at a Bird FeederIf you’re a Plano renter, you might be wondering how to make your yard more bird-friendly. After all, most landlords won’t be amused if you start changing the landscaping without approval. You can take some easy steps to attract more birds to your yard! Let’s examine the best ways to make your rental home’s yard more hospitable for birds. Read on for a bunch of effective advice on bringing more birds into your life!

What a Bird Wants

One of the best approaches to attract birds to your yard is by being able to understand what birds are looking for and including that in your yard. For example, birds are attracted to shady areas that give away lots of spots to perch. They will also be attracted to areas with plentiful food sources. So a great place to start is displaying some bird feeders and filling them with bird seed. Bird seed is relatively inexpensive, and you can locate it at most pet stores or online. If you want to receive more creativity, you can make your own bird feeders from recycled materials. Just be sure to research and buy the right kind of bird seed for your local bird population. It’s also important to keep the bird feeders clean, so be sure to empty and wash them regularly.

Attracting Hummingbirds

One of the most beautiful and fascinating sorts of birds is the hummingbird. There are a few things you can do to attract them. First, plant some flowers that hummingbirds love, such as bee balm or trumpet vine. You can even leave behind a hummingbird feeder filled with sugar water. An easy recipe for hummingbird water is to mix 1 part sugar with 4 parts water. Be sure to change the sugar water every few days and clean the feeder regularly. Steer clear of using hummingbird food with red dye – it’s not good for them! Also, avoid using pesticides in your yard, as they can harm hummingbirds.

Add a Water Source

One more way to catch the attention of birds is by providing them with water. Birds need water for drinking and bathing, so adding a birdbath is a great way to attract them to your yard. Birds love to splash around to cool off on warm summer days, giving you enough time to enjoy their antics. You can buy a pre-fabricated birdbath in a wide-ranging variety of styles and materials at most hardware stores or online. Or, you could also make a simple birdbath out of a large plastic container. Just be sure to place the birdbath in a shady spot and clean it regularly to lessen mosquitos and keep the water fresh.

Introduce Native Plants

To attract local birds, you should try planting native plants in your yard. Native plants are those that are naturally found in your area, and they provide natural sources of food and shelter for birds. If you plan to plant in the yard, just be sure to ask your Plano property manager first. If by chance they say no, it’s not the end – you can always get creative with some inexpensive planter boxes and pots. By planting native plants in your yard, you’ll attract birds and provide a valuable resource for them. You can find native plants at most nurseries or online.

Add Places to Nest

Finally, you can make your yard more bird-friendly by creating nesting sites. Birds need places to build their nests, so you can help them by providing nesting boxes or birdhouses. You can buy nesting boxes at most hardware stores or make your own out of recycled materials. A great thing about nesting boxes is that some birds will return every year to nest so you can enjoy them again and again! No matter what type of nesting site you choose, just be sure to place the nesting boxes in a shady spot and clean them regularly (between nesting seasons) to keep the birds safe.

Following these tips, you can easily make your yard more bird-friendly and attract more birds to your home. Get started today and enjoy the beauty of birds in your own backyard!


If you’re looking for a new rental home where you can create a bird paradise, browse our listings online to see the options in your area.

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