As you all know by now, we enjoy birds in our gardens. We have 5 birdbaths in various spots to welcome our feathered friends.
I don't know why they call them birdbaths as the birds in our yard seem to drink from them more so then bath in the water.
A Pileated Woodpecker was a recent visitor to one such watering hole. This was a treat as we have never seen the Pileated in the birdbath taking a drink before.
During the summer months, the baths can get dirty with frequent use.
So I (in this picture, the Saint) pour out the old water and clean the birdbaths to ensure fresh water for healthier birds.
Birds provide us a service by eating tons of bugs thus healthier plants and flowers in the gardens.
Another bonus is the beautiful music the birds sing for me as I work in the gardens.
Algae will grow quickly in the humid days of summer.
The calender still says spring but the hot steamy 100 degree days say something differently here in Georgia. So we are filling the baths in the morning and evenings right now to satisfy many different visitors.
We brush away the algae, bird poo and other gunk that forms from frequent use. Then rinse with fresh water and dump once again.
The watering jug comes in handy for this process so I don't need to drag out the garden hose.
The fresh water is ready for the next visitor to include raccoon and deer during the night time hours.
The only problem with this cleaning method is that a rut forms below the birdbath with a waterfall effect from the dirty water being poured out. This is not a problem with the bath you see pictured as it is in a wooded area.
However, this is a problem in the Flower Garden. This was a problem that needed solving. I thought of putting flowers below but feared they would get too much moisture or be damaged from the waterfall effect. I also tried using pine straw mulch below only to have the dirt underneath rise to the surface and cause a messy look and still had ruts to deal with.
I finally came up with a solution while recently reworking my flower garden..
I put a frog statue below the birdbath and added some additional stones to hide the statue's base.
Keeping with the frog theme, I placed a Frog/Toad house beside the pedestal of the bath.
I planted some marigolds (they were not blooming at time of posting) and placed a colorful butterfly stake into the ground for additional color to the area.
When I tilt the water basin, the water falls below on the frog statue thus breaking up the waterfall effect.
No more ruts in the ground below my birdbath!
This solution did not cost me a penny as I already had all the items scattered about in other areas of the garden. I just joined them together to form the perfect solution to my little problem.
I often sit at the garden bench nearby and watch the birds taking a sip of water or splashing about in the cool clean water.
I provide fresh water for the birds and they in return keep the bug population to a minimum.
I think this is a pretty good trade off so I will continue to solve Garden Birdbath issue as they arise, In the Garden...