1. Refresh your planters
Add variety and color to your yard and patio by putting fresh flowers in your planters. A trip to your local nursery can get you all set for the spring and summer. Make sure that the flowers you choose are best for the particular lighting in the area of your yard you want them in. Some flowers like full sun, while some like partial sun. Don’t worry; the tag that comes with your flowers will let you know what kind of light they need, as well as tips for keeping them looking their best.
2. Put in native plants
Make sure that your landscaping includes some native plants and bushes. Not only will flowering plants attract hummingbirds, but you will have a much better chance of establishing your landscaping by planting things that will grow well in your zone. We live in N. Texas, so a lot of our native landscaping includes drought resistant plants. You can do a quick google search to find out which zone you live in and which plants are best for your area.
3. Clean out your feeders
Hummingbirds are picky little guys. They like fresh sugar water. Make sure that you’re changing out your nectar at least once a week until you are seeing them at your feeders. Once they’re coming consistently it’s likely you’ll need to change out your sugar water a couple of times per week.
Adding fresh flowers to your Sweet Feeder is always a good idea at the beginning of the season. We get our silk flowers from Hobby Lobby, and they go on sale for 50% off every other week.
Make sure your bottles are clean. Hummingbirds won’t be as inclined to come if your bottles were left out over the winter and still have a bunch of residue in them. You can soak your bottles and lids in bleach water and then wash them thoroughly. Bleach will eat up any mold and such that’s left in there.
We’d love to hear your tips for getting your yard ready for hummingbirds!