How to Attract & Nourish Hummingbirds
Hummingbirds are fascinating and truly mesmerizing little birds! You can create a wonderful hummingbird habitat by choosing plants that attract hummingbirds, selecting the right hummingbird feeder and using the right hummingbird nectar. The best hummingbird feeder, whether it’s a glass hummingbird feeder or not, is one that is well maintained and strategically placed. With a little effort, your hummingbird feeders will create a hummingbird oasis in no time at all!
Hummingbirds are not only pleasing to look at, they also play a vital role in pollination. With their long beaks and small stature, hummingbirds can reach flowers that other birds are not. Hummingbirds also help rid your yard of small pesky insects, frequently snatching them right out of the air. Since hummingbirds spend most of their life flying, it is important to provide enough hummingbird nectar to sustain their active metabolism. Hummingbirds need to eat every 10-15 minutes and will consume twice their body weight in nectar each day.
Creating a Hummingbird Habitat
All you need to create a hummingbird habitat in your yard are hummingbird feeders, hummingbird nectar and plants that attract hummingbirds. The key to selecting the best hummingbird feeder is to make sure it has a hint of red. Hummingbirds can be very territorial, so to attract the widest variety it is best to hang two hummingbird feeders in your yard. Be sure to hang them far apart to avoid dominance by one bird. To maintain your hummingbird feeder you need to change the nectar solution regularly, before it gets cloudy, which is about twice a week during the warmer months. You will also need to clean the feeder with a solution of one part white vinegar to two parts water and rinse well before filling again.
Homemade hummingbird nectar is simple to make. Use four parts hot water to one part sugar. Boil the solution for two minutes. Be sure to never use sugar in raw form, honey or red dye. Those can be harmful to hummingbirds. Hang feeders in the shade so the nectar keeps longer and doesn’t ferment.
There are many different types of hummingbird feeders from ornate glass hummingbird feeders to simple plastic ones. The best hummingbird feeder for your garden is one that fits your lifestyle and is easy to clean and maintain.
At SummerWinds Nursery, our knowledgeable staff can help you select the best plants to make the most of your hummingbird habitat. We pride ourselves on exceptional customer service, our knowledgeable staff and the highest quality plants. With the right guide, you will have a thriving hummingbird oasis in no time at all!
Plants that Attract Hummingbirds in the Phoenix Area
When designing your garden, it is also important to select plants that attract hummingbirds. Hummingbirds like to perch and rest, and selecting specific plants to attract them to your garden will only improve your habitat. These plants will also provide a great source for them to carry on their pollinating duties. Hummingbirds also like to bathe frequently and the water that collects on the leaves of certain plants will provide a constant water source for them. Click the button below, to see a list of local favorite plants that attract hummingbirds.
At SummerWinds Nursery, our knowledgeable staff can assist you in every step of creating your hummingbird habitat. We can help you select the best hummingbird feeder and the perfect plants to attract these beautiful birds. We take pride in our exceptional customer service and stand behind all of our products.
Stop in to your local SummerWinds Nursery today and let our Trusted Garden Advisors help you design the perfect hummingbird sanctuary!