Wednesday, November 09 2011
Some visitors to your DIY garden may be unwelcome, like bugs and pests. However, some simple features can attract some wanted guests - birds.
A combination of climate and location will determine the types of birds available for viewing, but features such as feeders, baths and houses can be used to accent any garden.
Bird houses and baths are readily available in a variety of shapes and sizes, and can help to fill a void in an empty garden or backyard.
An easy DIY project, houses and baths can be made out of recycled items such as pots, pipes or outdoor tables.
You can also consider building your own feeder to be hung from a beam or tree in the backyard.
Start by nailing four pieces of wood together to form a square, then installing diagonal braces from corner to corner.
A piece of screen or mesh stapled to the frame can serve as a floor for the birds, while allowing rain to pass through the feeder without soaking the seed.
Additional features of your feeder may include a roof or sticks for the birds to sit on.