Retreat To Your Bird Bath Garden

Everyone needs a bird bath garden to retreat to, out of this world of fast paced living, out of the realm of the hustle bustle.  It really doesn’t matter whether you are employed fulltime, part time, retired or not employed.

Examining the birds patronizing your garden, yard or patio will bring a sense of “being with nature”, simplify your life and bring you back to reality.  If you spend enough time outside in the proximity of the bird bath, you may even learn to recognize the calls of various birds.  Nature seems to have a calming effect.  It is almost as good for your psychi as practicing your religion.

Placement of Your Bird Bath Garden

The bird bath garden should be located in a location where there is some cover.  Small trees, flowers or bushes provide cover, or any combination thereof.  Do not go overboard because you will miss the show.  You will want to provide a view for yourself.  You do not need a large area to do this.  A plot about the size of less than a small room is enough space to develop your area to house your birdbath.  Put it on either side or in the center, providing these locations will allow you to view it.  Keep in mind all birds need water but do not necessarily feed at feeders.  Moving water which is noisy is especially attractive to aviary. See my arrangement for ideas. bird bath garden
Be sure you change the water daily for your feathered friends.

At the end of the season, you should clean up your bath and store it for the winter, especially if it is plastic (resin). The cold temperatures, snow and ice will weaken your bath and it may break or chip. If you have purchased the pump to make it a solar bird bath, you would need to bring the pump in for the winter at any rate.

Do You Need A  Feeder In Your Bird Bath Garden?

It takes a lot of energy to fly, therefore, birds must feed often. Place your bird feeder in a location where the maintenance will be easy on you. By maintenance, I mean filling and cleanup. There is also another consideration, if the feeder is too close to your home, you may find droppings on your windows, patio or deck. Keep it high off the ground to prevent squirrels and other critters from raiding it. If it is located on your lawn, expect that you will have to revitalize the grass because the dropped seeds and shells tend to kill your grass. It is recommended that the feeder is not housed in your garden. It would be wiser to provide native food (seeds) through flowers and other plants for your birds. Often, purchased bird seed contains many weed seeds. Where these seeds are dropped, you may find many weeds growing. Rather than investing in a feeder, you could just throw some seed down around the bottom of a tree.

Should You Add A Bird House?

Birds are pretty particular when choosing their house for nesting. Some will accept human built housing and some will not. If you are thinking about building or purchasing a bird house, check out the housing needs of your local wild birds.  Each specie has its own requirements for nesting. Most birds only nest for laying eggs and attending the little ones.  Once the fledglings can fly, the nest will no longer be utilized.

Now that you have created your bird bath garden, you can observe and enjoy your fancy or plain bird bath, feeder or house and begin to learn about your birds and experience the peace of nature.  As you become familiar with the varieties in your backyard, you will want to learn more about them.

© Birdlady

Get Great Gardening Advice With These Convenient Tips

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Gardening Advice

If you dream of having green, beautiful, and healthy plants in your very own garden, there are plenty of things you must think about in order to achieve this goal.  Maintaining a bird bath garden can be burdensome, but it may also provide a large amount of joy.  This advice will help by increasing the fun and decreasing the work.

Use plants to achieve some seasonal color.  Fall attitudes tend to seem dull because the growing season is wrapping up.  It does not need to be this way, however.  The foliage of autumn brings the most colorful season of the year.  Maple, beech or dogwood trees present some amazing colors.  Some colorful plants include hydrangea, barberry, burning bush and cotoneaster.


Pesticides Kill Beneficial Insects

Avoid using broad-spectrum insecticides in your garden.  These insecticides destroy the good insects which eat pests. Useful insects are more sensitive to these insecticides than the pests.  By killing them, you could be actually growing your pest population. This can set off a cycle where you’ll need to keep increasing the quantity of pesticide you are using.

If you need a peculiar, yet successful, green answer to eliminating weeds, boil them to death.  Any vessel of simmering water you can carry safely to outside can be used as an organic herbicide.  Though this strategy is organic, it does pose a danger to your plants. Boiling water can hurt the roots of weeds and can hinder them from growing.

Mulching is very effective for controlling moisture and weed growth in gardening.  Mulching works to slow water evaporation and limit weed expansion.  There are many mulching materials but the green solution is grass clippings.


Make Annuals Survive Cold Weather

Many annual plants prefer the cold winter months.  When plants become too out of control, simply prune them back.  In just a few weeks, they can bloom prettily once again, contrasting the browns of common winter foliage.  Some flowering annual plants which love the cold are petunias, snapdragons and dianthus.  Cold weather crops which are annuals are lettuce, spinach and pea pods.


Create New Plants

A great gardening tip to implement is to actually create new plants for your garden by employing root cuttings from existing plants.  Dig  the roots in the coldest months when they’re in hibernation, but the ground is not frozen. You can use a pointed kitchen knife to cut the thickest roots.  Cut the plant’s roots into 2 inch lengths. Place the cuttings on top of a tray which has been covered with peat and some form of grit.  Carefully cover the cuttings with a fine layer of grit and peat. Keep the tray moist in some place with a constant temperature, not too warm, and you’ll see sprouts sprouting in a month or so.  Transplant the rooted cuttings to little pots, and permit them to grow a little prior to planting them outside when your weather permits.


Personal Development

With these tips, you’re better equipped to grow the most attractive garden you can imagine.  In learning the best way to create your dream garden, you’ll also be growing as an individual.  By learning the way to nurture your plants, you will learn how important it is to learn to nuture yourself.


Cleaning Up Your Yard

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