Spruce Up Your Garden With Bird Baths

By Cindi Sullivan

(LOUISVILLE, April 19th, 2004, 3:30 p.m.) -- If you want to bring life and activity into your garden, a bird-bath is a good solution. WAVE 3's Garden Talk expert Cindi Sullivan has more.

Birdbaths can be fun and exciting additions to your garden with all of the activity that they invite from the neighborhood birds. And a birdbath can also an artistic element to your garden. The key to keeping the birds interested in the birdbath and to keep it looking good is to keep the water fresh, replacing it every couple of days.

Every once in a while you will also need to give the bird bath a good scrubbing with some warm soapy water. I usually take a bucket out to the garden with me. I just use a small squirt of dishwashing liquid to a couple of gallons of water and will add a splash of bleach or vinegar if I'm cleaning the bird bath after neglecting it for a few days.

An old rag or a scrub brush will make short work of the clean up job, after cleaning, rinse the bird bath repeatedly with the garden hose to eliminate soap residues.

Keep your birdbath full and fresh for happy birds in the garden.