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4 Simple Ways To Help Hummingbirds

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4 Simple Ways To Help Hummingbirds

The drought that has gripped much of the United States is impacting hummingbirds as they begin their migration south, an annual event that usually goes from July to October. Once they move to the southern United States, they fly across the Gulf of Mexico to their winter home in Central America.

But their natural sources of food, mainly native wildflowers, have been hit hard by the drought that has hit many states. This means that they are in search of food and water sources.

You can help by providing these in your garden. Here are some ways to provide migrating hummingbirds with the food and water they need:

1. Plant flowers that attract the hummingbirds. Typically, these are native flowers that have the nectar that the birds are looking for. While they are attracted to red flowers, you donít have to limit yourself to red. The birds also like orange and yellow. Regardless of color, they like flowers that are tubular shaped. Just make sure to plant things that have plenty of nectar like salvia, bee balm, columbine, coral-bells, and penstemon.

An added benefit for other birds of the plants you grow is that insects are one of the biggest food sources for birds, so the plants you grow become a source of insects for them. The birds will help keep the insects under control. You will also increase the appeal of the garden for birds by eliminating the use of pesticides and gardening organically.

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Judi Gerber

Judi Gerber is a University of California Master Gardener with a certificate in Horticultural Therapy. She writes about sustainable farming, local foods, and organic gardening for multiple magazines. Her book Farming in Torrance and the South Bay was released in September 2008.


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10:58AM PDT on Apr 18, 2014

Very nice paper! :)

5:01PM PST on Feb 25, 2014


5:06AM PST on Dec 14, 2013

I live in the other side of the Gulf, in Yucatan, and my yards are often visited by hummingbirds. They love my poincianas trees flower ( but also love the orange tree flowers.

4:01PM PDT on Oct 8, 2013


7:02AM PDT on Sep 24, 2013


Thank you for Sharing this.... !

10:40AM PDT on Jul 15, 2013

Have flowers they like in my garden, & a feeder.

10:35AM PDT on Jul 15, 2013

thank you for posting this!!

1:07PM PDT on Apr 16, 2013

Great tips Thanks for sharing

9:20AM PST on Feb 11, 2013

Thanks, so shared!

1:00PM PST on Jan 11, 2013

Thank you Judi, for Sharing this!

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