When your annual flowers die back in late summer and early fall, don’t take the baskets down or throw them away. Our resident and migratory birds will appreciate them even more. Remove the plants and level the top of the soil. Just add some of your favorite birdseed to the top of the soil and enjoy a different sight during the upcoming months ahead. I use a mixed variety with some whole corn added for the bluejays. Cardinals, bluejays, chickadees, goldfinch and a few sparrows will visit your baskets feasting on the seeds. In the spring just refill your baskets with fresh soil and replant with your favorite flowers. Be selective on how and where you hang them as the squirrels will also feast on them.
David O’Gorman, former Smith County Master Gardener
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service