Back for more? Halo Tree Service believes that it’s a part of our community duty to help our neighbors in Macomb keep our area richley clothed with foliage and beautiful tree growth. We’re passionate about trees and how they add to a landscape’s appearance. Trees are about more than just the aesthetic of our neighborhood, though. They’re also crucial pieces of our daily ecosystem, which is why you can choose species that cater to attracting birds and other additions to our little neighborhood ecosystem.
Last time, we mentioned a couple of different ways trees manage to attract and support the birds in your area as well as one of the more common species that attract birds to your yard. As we continue, we’ll explore other species and how to keep the birds coming to your yard happy.
Coniferous Tree Species
Birds, like everyone else, need winter shelter and with most trees becoming suddenly bare and exposed, they aren’t left with many options. However, coniferous evergreen trees provide plenty of protection. Their unyielding needle leaves stay on the tree all year round and block wind and colder temperatures from getting to the base of the trunk. It actually keeps quite a bit of the snow and wind at bay as well, which is a powerful survival tool for many birds. Plus, the seeds and cones on coniferous trees offer an excellent food supply when there’s no longer much in the way of insects and surface-ready tree sap that can be fed on. Birds like firs and cedars best, but we’re sure they won’t shy away from a spruce, pine or hemlock species variation either.
Obviously, fruit trees are the bread and butter of the bird world and they’re key to bird survival. Fruit trees are unique in that they provide a food source for multiple seasons that birds not only need, but enjoy. From the spring buds to the flowers attracting valuable insect life, birds need fruit trees to survive. And of course, they won’t frown at getting bites and pieces of fruit to sustain their feathery little families either. Birds will eat fruit even after the fruit is long past its ripeness, and so will bugs of a wide variety as well, which is obviously another, less-reliable food source. We find that birds respond best to crabapple trees, serviceberries and mulberries, which is great because those rarely bear fruit that you’re interested in eating.
Catering to Your Birds
The best way to attract local birds to your yard is to not try to reinvent the wheel. While exotic fruits and species of trees are beautiful, they won’t be recognized by the Macomb bird population and won’t serve the purpose you intend. Choose from a set of local trees from your local nursery that will attract birds on their own. They’ll react better with the soil chemistry, grow faster and birds will already know what they’re signing up for when they land on that branch at first. If you’re looking to outfit your landscape with a variety of trees, we recommend trying to add all three types of species to your yard. This will ensure that your birds in your yard can be permanent guests and they won’t have to wander far since all their seasonal needs are met there.
If you’re looking for more tree expertise for your established trees, reach out to us. We can help you trim them to promote growth, keep them healthy and we can even assist you with stump and tree removal when it’s finally time to say goodbye and start fresh in your backyard. Reach out to us for all of your tree needs now.