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5 Benefits of Adding a Birdbath to Your Garden

5 Benefits of Adding a Birdbath to Your Garden

Adding a simple, shallow birdbath to your garden can have multiple benefits—for you, for the birds and for your garden! Here are five things a garden birdbath will accomplish in your flower or veggie garden. It will:

1. Attract more birds (of course), which will help aerate the surrounding soil

2. Attract birds that will eat bugs, thus helping with garden pest control

3. Attract wasps, which are key predators of pests (such as cabbage worms) that love to eat your garden crops

4. Attract beneficial insects that help with crop pollination

5. Teach you more about the natural, wonderful, quirky habits of all kinds of birds

A few tips to keep in mind are that you don’t need anything fancy, birds can benefit from a birdbath in all seasons (not just summer), and you should prune plants surrounding the fixture so birds can look out (which they’ll naturally want to do as they keep an eye out for predators).

For more info, plus tips on how and where to set up your birdbath, check out the article Birdbaths Are Good for the Garden.

Also, if you’re specifically looking for great advice on helping with pest control in your garden, see Organic Pest Control: What Works, What Doesn’t.

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Shelley Stonebrook

Shelley Stonebrook is an Associate Editor at Mother Earth News—North America’s most popular magazine about sustainable, self-reliant living—where she works on exciting projects such as Organic Gardening content and the Vegetable Garden Planner. Shelley is particularly interested in organic gardening, small-scale, local food production, waste reduction, food preservation and cooking. In her spare time, she posts in her personal blog, The Rowdy Radish.


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2:54AM PST on Feb 11, 2013

Thank you

12:48PM PST on Dec 4, 2012

i understand the benefits to wildlife but my favorite reason is to watch the birds, squirrels and chipmunks drink from them. don't forget it's just as important to have water available in the winter time.

we also have a 3-tier water fountain. when it's really hot, a bird will plop down in the middle of the top tier and sit there with the water bubbling up underneath it. it's hilarious.

5:56PM PST on Nov 11, 2012

thanks for the info

5:56PM PST on Nov 11, 2012

its beautiful

8:08PM PST on Nov 7, 2012

Please be careful about placement of birdbaths lest they become a buffet for neighborhood cats.

9:35PM PDT on Oct 10, 2012


11:54AM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

would so do it except I suffer from extreme ornithophobia.. (fear of birds) ugh

3:09PM PDT on Jul 23, 2012

Yep, my bird bath is full of sparrows right now.

8:30PM PDT on Jul 19, 2012


10:00AM PDT on Jul 16, 2012


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