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Set up a Backyard Bird Bath

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by Matthew (subscribe)
WEN Editor
Published January 30th 2011
Do you ever feel that the birds are flocking to everyone else's backyard and are absent from yours? It seems that birds are creatures of convenience. They're only interested in what's in it for them. If your backyard doesn't satisfy this minimum requirement, chances are that birds will hardly ever set wing therein.

Placing a bird bath in your backyard is one of several special ways to attract birds to your garden. It also complements backyard scenery. Bird baths come in a range of different materials including terracotta, sandstone, metal, stone, glass mosaic, concrete and wood. They can be positioned on the ground, erected on some kind of support or suspended from something. Indeed some extravagant bird baths can be solar powered, heated or be included in a garden fountain.

Choose a bird bath that has the most suitable style for your garden. This is where your skills in outdoor design are put to the test. Locate a section of your backyard that's central in nature. It could be a surrounding hedge, or perhaps where the garden gnomes are congregated. If you believe that garden gnomes scare away birds, keep the bird bath as far away from them as possible.

You might need to consider leaving scraps of bread in and around the bird bath for a little while. Over time, the birds may gradually increase in numbers and associate the enjoyment of food with a splash in the bath, until bread is no longer needed.

Bird Bath
Bird Bath in the Backyard
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Why? Get more birds in your garden
When: Anytime
Where: Your backyard
Cost: Depends on the bird bath
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