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Add A Touch of Charm to Your Garden with Bird Baths and Fountains

Jun 27, 2008
One of the essential elements to putting together a bird sanctuary is running water. The sound of water will attract more wild birds than food will. A reliable source of water is one of the first things birds look for when choosing a habitat. The calming sound of running will help you relax and the birds around you will appreciate the fresh source of water.

If you want to add running water to your garden to attract birds then you should consider bird baths. They are easy to install and beautiful to look at. You will find many styles and varieties of bird baths made from different materials including, cement, plastic, stone, ceramic and glass. When shopping for a bird bath try to find one that has a basin depth of three inches or less. If you can only find deeper ones just add some stones to the bottom to make it easier for the birds to reach the water.

A bird bath that features a wide rim or a flat landing surface will attract more wild birds. Most birds are able to land on narrow surfaces but they are more comfortable on wider surfaces. If birds are comfortable at your bird bath they are more likely to hang around.

Running water will not only attract more birds but it is also healthier for your and the birds that are attracted. It's healthier because mosquitoes are less likely to breed in moving water. Bacteria and viruses are also easier to control if the water is moving and not stagnant. Consider the value of moving water when choosing a bird bath remembering it will attract more birds and help control mosquitoes, bacteria and viruses.

Adding movement to the water in your bird bath is easy with a fountain or dripper. Several models of bird bath fountains are solar powered and will work in almost any bird bath. If your using a solar powered bird bath your fountain will have to be placed in the sunlight.

Bird bath fountains will attract many species of wild birds including some that drink without landing. While using a bird bath fountain is beneficial it may increase evaporation. So make sure you fill your bird bath often. In some areas you may attract more wildlife than just birds. Squirrels, deer and large birds like turkeys have been seen drinking directly from bird baths.

Bird bath heaters make it possible to use your bird bath all year around even in colder climates. There are electric and solar powered bird bath heaters on the market that are safe and stop the water from freezing in the winter. If you decide to use a chemical additive to stop the water from freezing make sure it is safe for birds and plant based.

You should clean your bird bath as often as possible but at least once every two weeks. Keeping the water clean is important to the health of the animals and birds drinking from it. All you need to clean your bird bath is water and a clean scrub brush. You can add a few drops of white vinegar to the water to keep the water clean without hurting the birds stopping by for a drink or a bath.

The more bird baths you use that more birds you will attract. Try using different styles like ground level or deck mounted bird baths to attract different species. The addition of running water to your garden will give it the look and feel of a true wildlife sanctuary.
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Wild birds will fly to your bird baths. Moving water will attract many birds and help you create a wild life sanctuary in your own yard. Solar powered bird bath fountains are easy to install and require no electricity.
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