10 Steps to Attract Hummingbirds to Your Landscape
First, plant shrubs, annuals and perennials that hummingbirds enjoy! Here is a list of our favorites:
- Plant Colors Hummingbirds Like: Hummingbirds have favorite colors too! Choose flowering plants in shades of red, orange and bright pink.
- Purchase a Feeder: There are many styles of feeders. Choose one you like and place it by a window for viewing in a sunny spot in your landscape near the plants listed above.
- Put the Feeder in the Right Spot: Place your feeder by a window for viewing in a sunny spot near the plants listed above. Make sure it is viewable to you and them! Try hanging your feeder from a Shepherd's hook in an annual container.
- Keep your Feeder Full: You can choose for concentrate or pre-mixed hummingbird nectar. Replace the nectar every 4 days when temps are below 85 degrees and every other day when temps are above 85.
- Understand The Migration: Hummingbirds are mighty travelers. Watch their migration and document your sightings on www.hummingbirds.net. Typically we see them April – September.
- Provide Water: Hummingbirds need water too. Consider adding a mister or drip fountain.
- Avoid Pesticides: Hummingbirds eat insects. Minimize pesticides.
- Clean your Feeder: Clean your feeder at least once a month with diluted bleach or vinegar (not soap) and rinse thoroughly.
- Prevent Unwanted Guests: Put out a small amount of 1:1 or 1:2 nectar to water to attract ants away from the feeder.