Birdhouses make beautiful additions to a landscape. They deliver visual appeal, attracting various types of birds. While the main consideration when putting up a birdhouse is the birds, there are a couple of other animals you must consider. Predators such as raccoons, squirrels, and cats enjoy sneaking into a birdhouse for a snack. Therefore, it’s crucial you know how to hang a birdhouse correctly and not to damage the tree.
Consider the Tree and the Bird When Learning How to Hang a Birdhouse
The usual feeling when hanging a birdhouse to a tree is a nail and a hammer. That’s how we affix stuff to wood. However, not all issues necessitate a nail. Truthfully, hammering a nail into a tree could cause injury to the tree.
Some trees can recuperate from a puncture wound. A chemical effect goes into motion when there’s harm done to a tree that cuts off the rest of the tree from the injured area. This process stops any decay or disease from spreading. Though, new holes keep activating this progression. According to certified arborists, it could take only ten holes to kill a tree.
A Better Way to Hang a Birdhouse
Tree care professionals suggest using flat, flexible nylon webbing or a fabric fastener, such as Velcro.
Bond the item to the birdhouse’s sides and the outward-facing straps, letting you attach the birdhouse to the tree without damaging it. You’ll have to occasionally assess the tree’s growth to be sure you aren’t girdling the tree. Nylon straps that have buckles and fasteners could help with this job since they’re changeable.
Don’t forget that you need to consider the bird type you want to entice. Various birds have various height requirements. Some birds are also quite territorial, so hanging too many birdhouses might cause fights.
Birds possess an excellent knack for building their nests far from predators. A birdhouse created by a human, though, might be made with the same sort of thought.
If you’re sincere about not harming a tree with a birdhouse, but you still desire a birdhouse, don’t attach it to a tree. Trees offer predators lots of chances to get to the birdhouse. Keeping a tree-mounted birdhouse secure necessitates trimming branches away from the birdhouse. Putting prickly plants around the tree trunk to discourage anything from scaling up the trunk will also help stop predators.
For a birdhouse that’s safe from other animals, put your birdhouse in another location. Here are a few ideas:
Metal pole: It doesn’t get more demanding than a metal pole and baffle when climbing. A predator feels discouragement, especially if there’s nothing close by to jump on top of the baffle.
Brick buildings: Bricks are hard to climb. Unlike trees, putting a hole into a brick hurt nothing. Avoid hanging the birdhouse on the building side that gets a lot of sun. Bricks absorb heat. Birds want a birdhouse, not a sauna.
Contact us at Lenoir Tree Service for more suggestions on where to hang your birdhouse.