Hummingbird Season is here! Tips for Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Yard

Attracting Hummingbirds to your yardThey may have come a little later than normal, but Hummingbird Season is finally here! These tiny, swift-moving birds are a favorite of homeowners everywhere. And, if you play your cards right, you could attract these delightful birds to your yard!

Tips for Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Yard

  1. Hummingbird Feeder: First and foremost, head to your local Ace and purchase a hummingbird feeder. Ace Hardware & Hearth in Pasadena and Ace Home & Leisure in Edgewater have extensive birder sections. Be sure to place this feeder in the same spot every year, change the nectar at least once a day and clean inside and around the ports with warm water (soap or detergent is not recommended) and a stiff bottle brush. If possible, each spring install your feeder before insects arrive and before flowers bloom. Finally, hang your feeder in a partially shaded area, direct sun can cause the sugar and water nectar mixture to separate and leak from your feeder.
  2. Hummingbird Plants: Plant a few of the hummingbird’s favorite flowers, including Black & Blue Salvia, Bee Balm, Red Hummingbird Salvia, Cardinal Flower (Red Lobelia), Lantana. All are tubular in shape with a high nectar content. Plants are also great for attracting insects, which are a good source of protein for hummingbirds. Do not use any pesticides on flowers from which hummingbirds feed.
  3. Source of Water: Hummingbirds love drippers and misters. They will swoop in and out of the water with incredible glee.
  4. Pest Control: Bees, Bald-Faced Wasps, and Cicada Killer Wasps are a hummingbird’s worst nightmare. These insects not only hog nectar feeder holes, but they pose a serious threat to the hummingbirds. To help combat the problem, consider buying a feeder with a bee guard or smear a little olive oil around the nectar ports. Some pest, however, should be left alone, like spiders. Keeping spider webs around can help hummingbirds in their search for nesting material.

Want to learn more about hummingbirds? If so, head to Ace Hardware & Hearth in Pasadena or Ace Home & Leisure in Edgewater. Both have extensive birder sections. And don’t hesitate to ask our experts any questions you may have. Ace is here to help.

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