As much as we love our pets, it can be a lot of work to take care of them. At a minimum, you’ve got to make sure they have plenty of food and water, get regular exercise, and have a clean living space. Some pets can require even more maintenance, which unfortunately is something not all of us have the time for with our busy lives.
So what are you to do if you want to enjoy some of nature’s creatures in your backyard without all the regular responsibilities? Simple – place a bird bath in your yard!
When you have a beautiful bird bath around your home, you give birds a place to get a drink, freshen up, and stop to play for a few moments whenever they need it. All you have to do is take a peek out your window or step outside on the patio to watch them frolic, singing their sweet songs while they display their beautiful colors. And maintenance with a birdbath is minimal. As long as you keep the water fresh and give it a good cleaning once a month, the birds will keep coming all year long.
Here are a few important things to consider when you’re adding a bird bath to your home.
Electric vs. Solar
Deciding whether to go with electric or solar power for your birdbath is a major decision. Each has its own benefits, so it’s not a decision to take lightly. With electric, you’ve got reliability. Your bird bath is always going to run as long as it’s plugged in. This is good, because the motion of moving water will help attract birds to it. Withsolar birdbaths, you eliminate electricity costs and help the environment by using the sun’s energy. And since most don’t use wires, you have more freedom in where you want to place your bird bath. This is also good if you have others pets that run around the yard, as they won’t be tempted to chew on the cord and potentially harm themselves.
Material is another big consideration with a bird bath. 3 of the most common ones are resin/fiberglass, metal, and cast stone. Resin and fiberglass are pretty popular due to their light weight and the wide variety of finishes you can get them in. Although they do need to be brought in during extremely cold weather, the fact that they’re so light makes that easy. Metal is another good choice, as it provides a sleek look and superior durability with no worries of it cracking if it were to tip over. You’ll usually find it with electric bird baths. And for those who opt for a more traditional design, you can’t go wrong with cast stone. The weathered look of it adds great character to any outdoor space and you can often find them with ornate designs, making them a stylish accessory in addition to a spot for the birds. Cast stone bird baths are heavier than other models, but if you have a set place in mind and don’t plan on moving it then it shouldn’t be an issue.
Finally, you’ve got to consider the style you like. While some may add a bird bath to the home just for the pleasure of the birds, others like to use it as an accessory to enhance the look of their outdoor space. The classic style most commonly seen is a basin sitting atop a pedestal, although there are many other designs available today. For something a little fancier, try a two tiered birdbath, with a small basin sitting above the main basin. This lets the water run down, creating a soothing sound in your outdoor area and giving birds 2 areas to play. And if you really want to go all out, you can always go for a large statue fountain with a basin at the bottom and a large sculpture standing in the middle. These are great if you’re working with a lot of space and really want something to enhance the look of the area. No matter what style you choose, keep in mind the basin depth. Most birds prefer a basin that isn’t too deep, so try and find something no more than 2 inches deep at the center.
If you’re ready to enjoy some pets without all the usual responsibilities, a bird bath is a great way to do it. They add to the look of your home and give the birds a fun area to play. Keep these factors in mind when shopping for a bird bath and you’ll have the perfect one for your home in no time!