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Birdbath basics

By: Garden Gate staff
Some types of birdbath are more attractive to birds, and safer for them, than other designs.

birdbath basics

Some types of birdbath are more attractive to birds, and safer for them, than other designs. Shallow, rough-surfaced, tall birdbaths are best. Birdbaths should be no more than 2 in. deep so birds of all sizes can use them. If your birdbath is deeper than that, place pea gravel or a flat stone in it to make a shallow spot for small birds.

Choose birdbaths with a rough surface for the best footing. Concrete, unglazed terra-cotta or plastic birdbaths with ridges have rough surfaces that birds like. A layer of pea gravel will add traction to a metal or glazed clay bath.

Set birdbaths on pedestals near shrubs so birds can flutter easily to a safe perch. If you put a birdbath on the ground, keep it away from dense plantings so cats can’t sneak up on them as they use it.

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