A bird bath is great ornamental feature for the outdoors. If you cater for the basics required for a bird bath, then the function and beauty of your bath will last long. Before building a bird bath, it's important that you pay attention to key factors of the structure and its surrounding. Below are essential bird bath building elements you should consider before erecting the bird bath in your garden.
Bird Bath Dimensions
The slope and depth of your bird bath are dimensional essentials you should pay attention to. The slope of the bird bath flooring will either encourage or discourage birds from coming to your bird bath. A maximum depth of three inches is recommended for bird baths. If your area has small birds, then you may want to go for a depth of 1 inch. However, if you see large birds visiting your compound, then three inches will be okay. Consult your landscape supplies provider about the best bird bath depth for your home.
Your bird bath should have a non-slippery, gentle slope. If the flooring is slippery it will damage the support or grip the flooring offers, and birds will most likely avoid your bird bath. Pebbles can be added into the water, and they will cover up the slippery surface and offer the birds a good grip when in the water.
Be cautious about the type of plants near, hanging over or surrounding your bird bath. Plants can be a source of dirt in your bird bath. Plants that shed leaves heavily should not be planted near the bird bath. Also, cut back branches of trees hanging over the bath and likely to shed leaves into your bird bath.
Shed leaves and twigs are likely to cover the surface of your bird bath, and the cover may discourage birds from swimming and drinking water from your bath. Also, dirt and debris introduced into the bird bath along with the leaves can stimulate growth of bacteria and moulds and may be a source of disease or infection for the bird.
Water in Motion
The sound of water in motion attracts many birds and if you have a bird bath with moving water, you will have more birds visiting your bird bath. Also, moving water helps control or prevent water contamination. It's best practice to make sure that the water in motion is not recycled day after day. You should change the water daily.
There are many options of creating motion in your bird bath. You can have a sprinkle, jet, drip or surface flow type of movement. However, the type of water movement you get will be determined by the water propeller or pump you use. Consult a bird bath professional who may guide you and offer you advice on how to achieve the style of water movement you desire for your bird bath.