Some Very Good Reasons To Put A Bird Bath In Your Backyard
By Charles Hopkins
Published 11/28/2007 | Hobbies
A bird bath is one of the easiest ways to attract birds to your garden.
Not only will you attract greater numbers of birds if you install a
garden bird bath, you'll also attract a greater variety of species.
A bird feeder in your garden will attract species based on the kind
of foods you provide, a bird bath will attract just about every species
You can buy commercial bird baths at most gardening and home
improvement stores but they are not that difficult to make and can be
made from a large variety of materials readily found in the average
home. The only essential is that your bird bath is a receptacle that
can contain clean water.
The best type of bird baths are shallow ones, maximum depth no
greater than three inches. A lot of commercially available bird baths
are too deep. If you already have a commercially bought bird bath and
you find that it's too deep, you can make it shallower by putting in
If you really want to go the extra mile in attracting birds into
your garden with your bird bath you should consider adding a fountain.
The sound of falling or dripping water is a sure attractant for birds.
You should make sure that your bird bath has a non-slip bottom so
that the birds that use it aren't in danger of losing their footing.
Cement is an ideal surface for the bottom of a bird bath.
It's a good idea to place your bird bath on some kind of stand or
hang it from a tree to make it difficult for predators to reach - if
birds don't feel safe, they are unlikely to use the bird bath.
It's important that you change the water in the bird bath frequently, every few days or even every day in hot weather.
If you're an ardent bird watcher, it won't just be for the bird's
comfort that you install a bird bath in your garden, you'll also be
doing it for your own pleasure. With that end in mind, you should
ensure that you place the bird bath somewhere that allows you to view
it from a place of comfort through your window.
Putting a bird bath in your garden following the guidelines above
will ensure that you get hours of enjoyment watching all the many and
varied species of bird that will be attracted to your garden.