Create a Backyard Wildlife Habitat Provide a Birdbath Watch your landscape come alive by adding a splashy spot where birds can drink and bathe. Birdbaths are available in a variety of styles and materials. Birds prefer shallow basins (a maximum of 2 inches deep) that have a rough surface for good gripping. Birdbaths Lik, Rough Surface, Inch Deep, Gardens, Birds Bath, Wildlife Habitat, Backyards Wildlife, Backyards Habitat, Feathers Friends
Provide for Nature: Cast-off cultivator tines are perfect perches for a host of summer bird treats. Oranges, apples, and a mesh bag filled with sour cherries beckon birds. When the season for fresh fruit passes, dangle suet cakes and protein-packed peanut-butter-filled pinecones from the curved tines.
Provide Bird Feeders Year-Round - Many bird enthusiasts bring out their feeders only during the cold months when birds benefit the most from free handouts. But spring and summer feeding offers big rewards, too. By keeping feeders filled year-round, you get loyal patrons.
Birdbath Basic: Keep it Shallow Select a rough-surface basin such as one made of concrete or stone that gradually becomes deeper (to 3 inches) and allows birds sure footing as they wade. Improve the traction of a smooth-surface birdbath by placing gravel in it
Cater to Critters. Singing birds and fluttering butterflies add sensory sparkle to any size garden. In the garden shown here, carefree natives line a walkway leading to a potting shed. Wild grasses -- including switchgrass and little bluestem -- offer year-round interest. Perennials such as coneflower, New England aster, prairie coneflower, and butterfly weed provide color and nectar.
Fruit-Filled Birdbath Frozen sections of kumquat, cranberries, pepperberries, and polished stones provide a striking contrast to the bright white snow.
A large terra-cotta saucer sits atop a tomato cage serving double-duty as a birdbath and trellis for climbing vines. To create an even more vibrant focal point, paint the saucer in your favorite color, or tie it into your garden's color scheme.