Christmas Tree Decorating Trends: How to Choose a Color Scheme for the Holidays

Decorating for the holidays can be a challenge because of the myriad of options available. But it doesn’t always have to be the case when you organize your ideas based on a color palette. In this post, Tree Classics gives you seven smart tips on how to come up with the perfect color scheme for your Christmas tree.

1. Use Your Favorite Colors

Color choices are highly subjective, and when it comes to decorating your Christmas tree, you need to do what feels right for you. That said, don’t be intimidated by using ornaments in an unconventional palette. Whatever your favorite colors are, they can be the perfect choice for your tree.

Look for a pairing that works. Even the most unusual combinations can yield great results – like this violet and brown color scheme on a white tree.

2. Complement the Existing Colors in your House

A good rule of thumb in decorating a tree is to choose colors that match or contrast nicely with your décor. Focus on what you have in your home and select complementary colors that bring out the seasonal feeling.

If your walls are neutral, your space can work with a lot of different colors. In fact, decorations would be a good way to add visual interest and contrast. Opt for gold, silver, and bronze if you already have a busy room décor. These metallic tones will stand out without conflicting with all the other colors and patterns.

 

3. Check out Interior Design Magazines

Holiday magazines both printed and online offer a lot of ideas and inspiration for home design projects. Browse through the different Christmas tree features from professional designers and choose which one matches your personality and home style.

4. Select a Color according to a Holiday Theme

Choosing a color scheme is a lot easier when you have a holiday theme, as this already presents a harmonious palette. For instance, a winter wonderland décor brings to mind white and silver with a hint of blue and purple with the use of clear lights. Vintage Christmas calls for saturated hues. Reverse Christmas celebrates fun summer colors.

 

5. Stick to Classic Christmas Colors: Red and Green

Stay true to tradition by choosing the red and green color scheme. Nothing can be more Christmassy than combining poinsettias and bows in shades of red with emerald green baubles on a pine tree. If you want to spice it up, try adding white, silver, or gold to the mix.

6. Let your Christmas Ornaments Inspire You

Select Christmas ornaments on which you can base your color scheme. If you have a special holiday decoration from your childhood home, you can make this as your focal point and draw your Christmas colors from its design. Remember, your inspiration can be anything from a favorite tree topper or a pretty ribbon.

 

7. Go for a Festive Rainbow Theme

Still haven’t narrowed down your color choices? Why not use a rainbow theme! Aside from providing a vibrant, festive atmosphere, this scheme allows you to combine the different ornaments you’ve collected from Christmas seasons past. Layer colors for a chromatic Christmas display and bring the hues into your room décor to create a unified look.

More than achieving a visually pleasing décor, your holiday tree should be an expression of how you and your family feel about Christmas. In the end, the perfect color scheme is the one that warms your heart. Have fun decorating!

Different Types of Christmas Trees: Full, Narrow, Slim and Flatback Trees

Tree Classics features four of the most common Christmas tree shapes to help you in choosing an artificial Christmas tree that is right for you!

Artificial Christmas trees today take on a variety of shapes or profiles in order to meet the needs of every household. With these beautifully crafted trees, different homes – no matter how big or small the space, no matter the style – are imparted with the spirit of Christmas through the heartwarming presence of these evergreens.

The Full Tree

Full trees are the most popular of all because they resemble real Christmas trees pretty closely. Featuring lush foliage and a broad profile, full trees are perfect for cheering up the mood in your home with their regal charm and abundance.

 

How to Decorate a Full Christmas Tree

The commanding presence of a full Christmas tree invites you to give it an adorable embellishment, simply because it is something that the whole family will enjoy looking at throughout the holidays. Full trees can be decorated with almost anything – from tinsel garlands and shiny baubles to ribbons and knitted stocking ornaments. Different combinations and placements of holiday trimmings give the tree a unique appeal.

The Narrow Tree

Narrow Christmas trees are perfect for spreading holiday warmth and cheer in smaller homes and apartments. These fairly traditional full-height yet slender trees also work well as a secondary holiday centerpiece that you can have in your dining room, kitchen, or guest room.

 

How to Decorate a Narrow Christmas Tree

Lending an air of elegance, narrow Christmas trees look even sleeker when decorated with restraint. To add visual interest without being overpowering, combine baubles, icicles, and trimmings in a monochromatic color scheme.

On the other hand, if you want your tree to appear fuller, consider featuring different textures that create volume and depth. Large baubles and bows, mixed with pinecones and poinsettias, can give a sense of breadth and create the feeling of abundance as a full tree would.

The Slim Tree

For homes that have minimal space, beautiful and verdant slim trees are the ideal way to usher in the holiday season. With lean silhouettes, these trees can fit in even in the tightest spaces, giving your entryways, foyers, and corners an instant dose of Christmas cheer.

Burberry Fir by Tree Classics
Burberry Fir Christmas Tree by Tree Classics

 

How to Decorate a Slim Christmas Tree

The old adage ‘less is more’ is a good rule to follow when it comes to slim Christmas trees. Skinny trees command attention due to their delicate profile, and it’s best to showcase this feature by keeping the ornaments minimal.

Skinny trees give the illusion of height, which is why they work well in small rooms. Emphasize this admirable attribute by using ribbons that cascade from the top to bottom. Hang the smaller ornaments on the upper part of the tree and the bigger ones at the lower section to create a sense of balance.

The Flatback Tree

Flatback trees radiate the holiday ambiance of a traditional Christmas tree but takes up only half the floor space. Great for studios and small apartments, these trees feature a space-saving design that allows them to rest comfortably against the wall while providing a lush full-tree effect from the front.

 

How to Decorate a Flatback or Half Christmas Tree

Because a flatback tree poses as a full-bodied tree, it is spruced up much like a lush evergreen, except that you get to skip the back corner. Depending on your room’s décor, you can choose a festive red-and-green theme or go beyond the traditional Christmas colors.

A neutral scheme using natural elements, such as pinecones and other woodsy ornaments, is a great way to infuse a feeling of coziness and warmth in your holiday celebrations. Add a joyful spirit by placing neatly wrapped presents under the tree.

With the wide selection available on the market, choosing an artificial Christmas tree can be difficult. We hope this Tree Classics feature has helped you in buying a Christmas tree that’s perfect for your holiday home.

The Wintry Charm of Flocked Christmas Trees

With a nice lather of artificial snow, your holiday tree can become even more lifelike and fill your home with the magic of a white Christmas. What are the most beautiful flocked artificial Christmas trees?

In the second edition of our holiday trees special, Tree Classics presents two of our most adorable Christmas trees that feature artificial snow. These snow-capped decorative trees are sure to bring the charm of wintry forests into your yuletide celebration.

A White Christmas Highlight

Bring home the loveliness of a winter wonderland with Tree Classics’ Flocked White Fir Deluxe Christmas Tree. Designed to fill spaces with the elegance of the season, this fine artificial tree features snow-white foliage made of high-quality PVC needles. The pure color of our décor makes it an excellent Christmas showpiece to match any style of home.

Flocked White Fir Deluxe Christmas Tree

Along with its beautiful white foliage, the pre-lit version of our White Fir Deluxe Christmas tree also features bright UL lights which, combined with the flocked needles and branches of our tree, help create a cool and brilliant display unlike any other. The fire-resistant material makes this Tree Classics favorite an ideal Christmas accent.

A Snow-kissed Evergreen Favorite

For avid fans of the traditional evergreen tree, check out Tree Classics’ Alpine Estates Flocked Fir Christmas Tree. Inspired by the look of snow-capped Alpine firs, this lovely decorative tree is crafted from only the finest PVC needles and branches. The full evergreen foliage made from flame-proof material makes our yuletide tree a timeless showpiece for the holidays.

Alpine Estates Flocked Fir Christmas Tree

Our pre-lit Alpine Estates Flocked Fir tree is designed with sparkling UL lights. The warm radiance complements the frosted needles, creating a beautiful spectacle to cap off your Christmas.

Treat your family and friends to a memorable yuletide celebration by displaying these stunning flocked Christmas favorites in your holiday home.

The Wintry Charm of Silver and White Christmas Trees

Artificial Christmas trees today don silver or white needles that create a whimsical wintry charm. What are the best silver and white Christmas trees on the market? 

In the first edition of our holiday trees special, we take a look at two Tree Classics Christmas trees that capture the loveliness of wintry woodlands.

The Timelessness of a White Christmas

Long known as one of the finest white Christmas trees around, Tree Classics’ Arctic White Pine Christmas Tree offers an excellent wintry accent for holiday homes. Made with only the finest PVC needles, this pine tree fills any corner with coolness and calm. And with its flame-retardant material, you don’t have to worry about your favorite tree catching fire.

Arctic White Pine Christmas Tree
Arctic White Pine Christmas Tree

Our pre-lit Arctic White Pine tree is designed to enhance the captivating appeal of a white Christmas. The ever-reliable UL lights cast a beautiful ambient glow. Whether you place it in your living room or foyer, you will witness how our remarkable white Christmas tree turns your home into an ideal winter paradise.

The Everlasting Sheen of Silver

Recreate the vision of illustrious snow-capped forests with Tree Classics’ Silver Bells Silver Christmas Tree. Combining the design elements of frosted trees and sparkling winter dew drops, this fine silver Christmas tree takes the elegance of silver Christmas trees to a higher level. The high-quality, flame-resistant PVC tinsel needles provide a pristine charm. The slim profile also fits any corner of your home.

Silver Bells Silver Christmas Tree
Silver Bells Silver Christmas Tree

A perfect complement to any home design, our Silver Bells Silver holiday tree adds a fascinating centerpiece. The pre-lit version is crafted with worry-free UL lights to bathe your home with a mesmerizing glow worthy of the season.

Usher in the holidays with these charming white and silver artificial Christmas trees from Tree Classics.

Christmas Tree Safety Tips: Keeping Your Adorable Pets Away from Holiday Decorations

The much-anticipated yuletide season may be a joyous time for the family, but the use of certain holiday decorations also poses some danger to your household pets. Dazzling Christmas ornaments can make them curious. They may play with them and, as a result, cause accidents and even injuries. On top of that, some of the materials found in traditional Christmas décor are particularly toxic to animals. Here’s a quick and easy guide to help you keep your pets away from decorations – and safe during the holidays!

cats are especially playful around Christmas decorations

Choosing and Maintaining a Safe Christmas Tree 

Christmas trees can be unsafe for pets, but with a few changes at the beginning of the season, you can create a safe environment that will keep your items and your animal friends secure. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Instead of getting a live Christmas tree, purchase an artificial one. Live Christmas trees produce sap that can irritate an animal’s skin. Live trees also attract insects, which can then transfer to your dog’s or cat’s fir.
  • Get a small or medium-sized Christmas tree. Large fixtures attract more attention and can cause bigger damage if it gets toppled by your pets.
  • Choose a traditional-looking artificial tree. Colored and sparkly holiday pieces spark your pets’ curiosity.

tinsel can be fatal when eaten by your pets

  • Stay away from trees with tinsel in them. This material is fatal to dogs and cats.
  • Tabletop trees can be carried off by your pets and can easily be destroyed. Avoid them if possible.
  • The location of the tree can help keep it secure. Make sure to place your tree away from the fireplace. It’s also a smart idea to place it in a corner. If ever the tree does fall, the walls can stop it from completely toppling over.
  • Avoid flocking your tree. Most flocking materials can cause intestinal damage to your pets. If ever you do plan to place some kind of artificial snow on the branches, use cotton instead.
  • Lights and expensive ornaments should be placed on the upper-half of the tree. This will prevent any damage to your décor pieces.
  • Avoid using ornaments made from glass. When these shatter, they may cause harm to your kids and pets. Use pieces made from silk, cotton, tough plastic, or paper instead.
  • Remember to hide all your electrical wires deep in the tree. Tape your electrical cords to the bottom of your walls. As much as possible, don’t let your pets see them.
  • Remove ribbons and strings from your gifts if you plan on displaying them. These items can cause intestinal problems to the friendly critters in your home.

Pet-Proofing Your Holiday Pieces

dogs are curious about your holiday pieces

Christmas trees are not the only holiday objects in your home that can be bad for pets. There are also other common holiday decorations that can cause harm. Here are several guidelines to consider:

  • Lit candles are popular décor ideas during Christmas time. If you have pets running around the house, avoid them at all cost. 
  • It’s also a bad idea to use food items as ornaments. This is especially true for chocolate, which is toxic to dogs.

holly can cause vomiting and diarrhea

  • Choose natural plants carefully. Mistletoe, holly, ivy, and poinsettia can cause diarrhea, bouts of nausea, and convulsions when ingested.
  • Wreaths, garlands, and swags must be hung on the wall or placed on top of the mantel. Keep them high and as far away from pets as possible.

Keep your animal friends safe and happy during the cheerful Christmas season with this pet-friendly holiday guide from Tree Classics!

Win an Artificial Tree! Join Tree Classics’ Military Family Facebook Giveaway Contest

Tree Classics is giving away holiday prizes to the families of soldiers

‘Salute Your Soldier’ Military Family Tree Giveaway

Every year, thousands of families feel a little incomplete around the holiday season. Deployed soldiers from around the country miss their children’s visits to Santa, the singing of carols and the opening of gifts. With loved ones gone, the holiday season can feel more gloomy than cheerful.

At Tree Classics, we believe December should be one of the happiest times of the year, and we want to help those who sacrifice so much for our country to feel the joy we know exists in the holiday season.

In an effort to give back to the brave families that have committed their lives to the military, Tree Classics is giving away five (5) holiday prizes. Families with an active or retired member of the military are eligible to win one of five prizes to help warm up their homes for the holiday season. We encourage you to share with us your story or a story of someone you love and admire who deserves a little more cheer this year.

How do I enter?

Entries will be in the form of pictures of soldiers or soldiers’ families, uploaded to the Tree Classics Facebook page’s contest app. Nominate a military family (or your own family) by uploading your picture along with a note telling us how they personify the holiday spirit.

Who is eligible?

Families with an active or retired member of the military are eligible for prizes. Eligible entrants must be residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia. Tree Classics cannot ship to overseas bases.

Who wins?

Winners will be decided by fan voting. The five (5) entries with the most votes will be awarded a Tree Classics product. We encourage you to share your entry with your friends, family and networks, as well as encourage other families to participate. Winners will be notified via email by December 18, 2013.

What are the prizes?

The top three (3) entries will win one (1) Pre-lit Wisconsin Fraser Fir each, while the two (2) runners-up will be awarded one (1) 24-inch Clear Lights Aster Christmas Wreath.

When is the contest?

The contest begins Monday, November 18, 2013, at 9:00 am PT. To enter, visit our Facebook page and upload a picture of your nominated family (or soldier) with a note about the family’s holiday spirit. When nominating another family, we ask that the family be aware before you submit because Tree Classics will need to contact them if they win. Encourage your friends, families and network to vote for your entry until the contest ends — Friday, December 13, 2013 at 11:59 pm PT.

What are the rules?

Entrants must be residents of and living in the United States. Nominations can come from anyone, but families eligible to win prizes must include an active or retired member of the military. For the official contest rules, visit our Facebook page.

With the holiday season quickly approaching, we are excited to express our gratitude to such heroic families in the community. Every year, families sacrifice quality time to protect our country, and we are happy to give back to those courageous men and women. We look forward to all of the entries and wish you the best of luck and a happy holiday season!

Tree Classics Holiday Guide: Dishes You Can Make Ahead

Cooking Thanksgiving dinner can be a real challenge. Often, this demands too much work from the home chef and even requires the person to create multiple dishes in only a few hours. One smart way to take the pressure off is to prepare some of your food choices a day or two in advance. To help you prepare for the wonderful feast ahead, Tree Classics has compiled a list of delicious and must-have recipes anyone can prepare the night before Thanksgiving.

a delicious thanksgiving spread

Cranberry Sauce with Champagne and Currants

delicious cranberry sauce with champagne and curant

One of the things that people are looking for during Thanksgiving dinner is the mouthwatering and succulent cranberry sauce. This sweet and sour paste is the classic addition to your smoky and crisp roast turkey. A more elevated variant of this dish is Serious Eats’ cranberry sauce with champagne and currants, which you can make nights before the momentous occasion.

Pumpkin Cheesecake

a yummy freshly-baked pumpkin cheesecake

Desserts can take hours and take up a lot of oven space, so it’s really smart to bake them a day before the actual dinner. One of the deserts that can benefit from being inside a refrigerator overnight is Baking Addiction’s pumpkin cheesecake. This yummy recipe, with its creamy cheese frosting, its autumn-inspired flavor, and crunchy graham cracker base will taste a hundred times better once it’s been chilled to flawless goodness.

Roasted Pumpkin Sage Soup

Soup is the perfect way to start any Thanksgiving meal. Although it looks fairly simple, it does take a lot of work. The best soup simmers for hours and requires a lot of attention and mixing. Naturally, home cooks will find it hard to do this while worrying about a bird in the oven and various other dishes on the stove. This roasted pumpkin soup from Skinny Taste can be chilled the night before and heated up the day after without compromising its appetizing full flavors.

Soul Sweet Taters

a mouthwatering spoonful of sweet potatoes

Another beloved Thanksgiving side dish is sweet potatoes. Their sugary taste is a wonderful contrast with the meat and they immediately remind people of the essences that have usually associated with the holiday season. This takes a lot of squashing and precise flavoring so it’s a good idea to prepare it ahead of time.  Try out these marvelous soul sweet taters from The Pioneer Woman. Its crunch and taste will make it a new favorite among family members.

White Wine Gravy

a zesty bowl of white wine gravy

If you want something more savory than the traditional cranberry sauce, this white wine gravy from The Way the Cookie Crumbles is a delightful zesty alternative that you can make days ahead and even save up for leftovers. Everyone will love the varying dimensions of herbs, spice and sweetness with this tasty turkey match.

Enjoy fine and lip-smacking dishes and have an easier time in the kitchen this Thanksgiving season with these recipe recommendations from Tree Classics.

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Photo from The Pioneer Woman

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Tree Classics Holiday Guide: 10 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Christmas Tree

Selecting the perfect Christmas tree for your home is a difficult task. One has to consider a number of factors before making a decision. Luckily, with the right questions and the right answers, one can find the ideal holiday showpiece. Courtesy of Tree Classics, we’ve compiled a helpful list of frequently asked questions on how to choose a Christmas tree.

A gorgeously lit and elegantly decorated artificial Christmas tree

1. Should I get a live Christmas tree or an artificial Christmas tree?

Live Trees

  • Live trees are the classic choice for the holidays. They offer a fresh and crisp profile and have that familiar scent and feel that remind people of the season.
  • Live trees are all-natural. They are biodegradable.
  • Unfortunately, live trees attract insects that can be a nuisance to your home.
  • These trees also shed needles, which can be a hassle to clean up.
  • Finally, these trees need to be maintained. To keep them fresh, their tree stand must be constantly filled with water.

Artificial Christmas Trees

  • Artificial trees beautifully capture the profile and look of real evergreens.
  • Fake trees are user-friendly and convenient. They can be bought online and are available in various colors, sizes, and types. Most of them are also prelit – perfect for people who don’t have the time to string lights on their tree.
  • Most artificial trees are fire-proof and hypo-allergenic. Since they are made from synthetic materials, they don’t attract insects.
  • Artificial trees also cost less since they can be used repeatedly for years.
  • Fake trees are also easier to maintain.

2. What should I be on the lookout for when buying trees?

It’s important to consider the branches and needles before making a purchase. See if they are durable and can carry all your precious holiday ornaments. Also take a look at the profile of the tree. Make sure you purchase something that’s lush and with ample space for all your holiday adornments.

3. How tall should my Christmas tree be? 

A Classic Fraser Fir Tree from Tree Classics

Height is an important factor to consider. After all, no one really wants a tree that’s too tall or too short. Before leaving your house or going online to shop, take a tape measure, and gauge the distance between your ceiling and your floor. The height of the tree should be at least a foot lower than your ceiling. If you plan on using a tree topper, factor in its height as well.

4. How wide should my Christmas tree be?

Measure the floor area of your chosen location as well. When allocating space for the width of your Christmas tree, there should be at least a foot of distance between the walls and your holiday tree.

5. Where should I buy my Christmas tree?

Christmas tree farms are still your best bet for live Christmas trees. These establishments guarantee that all of their evergreens are freshly harvested. Best of all, consumers can take a look around, check the trees for themselves, and even have their choice evergreen cut or trimmed on the spot.

A grand display at a christmas tree market

For artificial Christmas trees, Tree Classics is an excellent and top-notch choice. Tree Classics provides a wide variety of artificial Christmas trees, wreaths, garlands, lights, and holiday ornaments for everyone’s yuletide decorating needs. Best of all, it provides a wide selection of types and sizes perfect for any home.

Tree Classics is also proud of its Real Feel™ technology, which accurately captures the appearance of live trees found in evergreen forests.

6. What’s the perfect location for my Christmas tree?

Foyers and living rooms are always an ideal location for your Christmas tree. These are usually settings with a lot of foot traffic.

Go for rooms people use for gatherings and celebrations. Make sure that your tree is far from heat sources, such as air vents and fireplaces. This will significantly reduce the chances of accidents.

It’s also important to place your tree in a location where it won’t block the way. Corners or areas close to the wall are great choices. Put your tree in a place where there is a lot of space around it.

7. What accessories will my tree need?

First, your tree needs a stable and sturdy stand. Make sure to purchase a stand that resists rust and will prevent the tree from falling over with the slightest push or tug.

If you want your tree to have a bit more life, consider adorning it with Christmas lights, which are also available on the Tree Classics website. Ornaments are never a bad idea. These decorations bring an air of festivity to any space. Pick out a theme before going out and purchasing these fine holiday accents. Lastly, think about getting a tree topper to complete your Christmas scheme.

8. What kind of Christmas lights work best?

Consumers traditionally use C7, C8, and C9 lights for their holiday needs; however, these types of bulbs quickly overheat and easily burn out. At present, most consumers prefer LED lights. These nifty alternatives cast a brighter light compared to their counterparts. They also don’t overheat, making them the safer choice. Best of all, they’re energy-efficient, which means they cost less money in the long run.

9. What kind of ornaments work best?

Frosted Candy Cane Ornaments from Tree Classics

Ornaments made from plastic, resin, fiber, or silk are great choices. They’re durable and won’t get destroyed if ever they fall off the tree. Paper is out of the question. These can be destroyed and may even pose a fire hazard since they burn easily. That being said, lit candles are not advisable. Finally, glass decorations should also be avoided. These shatter and may cause harm to family members.

10. What kind of tree topper should I use?

A wonderful star Christmas tree topper

Tree toppers are a great way to make a statement about what Christmas means to you and your family. Choose a top ornament that complements your tree and holiday decorative theme. Don’t choose a heavy tree topper. This might cause the whole tree to topple over.

With these helpful and smart tips from Tree Classics, you’ll have the information you need to buy the Christmas tree of your dreams.

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Tree Classics Salutes Our Military Heroes

The bravery of men and women who serve our country inspires all of us at Tree Classics. In celebration of Veterans Day, we are commemorating their heroism in our own simple way.

Tree Classics's Tree for Our HeroesHeroes Camouflage Christmas Tree

We designed our Heroes Camouflage Christmas Tree as a tribute to our unsung military heroes. The unique foliage features camouflage colors and is made from 100% premium and flame-retardant PVC. Standing tall in a proud area of your home, this wonderful statement tree brings an atmosphere of gallantry and patriotism that will encourage all who see it to cultivate the same values.

The Heroes' Christmas Tree Up Close

Our 7-foot camouflage Christmas tree not only commemorates the selflessness of men and women in the armed forces; it also instills in children the important contribution of our soldiers to the peace and security of our nation.

Parents can share a wonderful moment with the kids: they decorate this tree with ornaments patterned after insignia worn by our heroes. This is also a marvelous time to teach kids a bit of American history or perhaps your own family legacy if you or a relative has ever been called to defend the country.

A Star Adornment for your Tree
Modern Holiday Decorations by Other Metro Furniture and Accessories Crate&Barrel

Have fun placing small paper flags between the branches. Silver stars and military dog tags can also make for unique ornaments.

Display the camouflage Christmas tree in honor of those in the military service. And rekindle the message of bravery and selflessness espoused by our heroes.

How to Attract Birds in Your Autumn Garden

Keeping a bird-friendly autumn garden will always merit a visit from feathered friends that are about to make their way south for the winter. Transforming your yard into a temporary home for birds can, however, be a challenge, especially for first-time gardeners. Tree Classics is featuring simple and practical tips on how to turn your autumn garden into an avian-friendly sanctuary.

Tree Classics gives tips on how to attract birds in an autumn garden

Step 1: Know Which Birds are Passing Your Way Before Winter

Learn which types of birds are native to your area and which ones might be visiting this season. This will give you an idea of the kind of habitat you can build to cater to their needs. Try contacting your local birding group, or study species of birds by using field guides and bird range maps. You can also ask your neighbors about birds they might have already seen in the area.

Step 2: Build Bird Feeders

One of the best ways to draw the attention of your feathered friends is by offering them food. Begin by building feeders that match the diet of birds in your vicinity. You can fill these bird feeders with various mixes of seeds. Some bird species are also drawn to fruits, nuts, and nectars. Just remember to keep your feeders clean and filled with fresh food to make them much more appealing to these creatures.

Step 3: Add Bird Baths

A bird bath will give your feathered friends a spot where they can drink clean water and take a refreshing dip. Some receptacles feature stylish designs that you can use to accent the look of your garden.

Step 4: Start ‘Birdscaping’

Birdscaping is about growing trees, vines, and shrubs as a natural habitat for birds and as part of your landscape at home. Consider planting fruit bearing trees, such as Crab apples and cherries, to become a source of food for your feathered friends and also serve as a beautiful element in your surroundings.

Step 5: Make Your Garden Safe for Birds

Tree Classics recommends using bird houses with steep roofs to keep predatory birds out

Make birds feel safe if you want them to flock to your garden. A stray cat, squirrel, or even other predatory birds are a threat and can easily ruin your chances of attracting birds. The best way to remedy this is by carefully planning your garden setting. Set bird feeders and baths in places where it would be difficult for wild animals to intrude. Lastly, choose birdhouse designs that have steep roofs and no perches to deter any potential predators from raiding them.

Attract birds in your garden this autumn with these simple and practical tips from Tree Classics.