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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Charles M.
Charles M.7 months ago

Bird baths are a great way to attract birds to your yard, but don't forget bird feeders! Both bird baths and feeders are crucial, especially in the winter months, when birds must convert more energy to find food and drinking water.

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Les M.
Les M6 years ago

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.

Aranza Diaz
Aranza Diaz6 years ago

thanks for the info

Aranza Diaz
Aranza Diaz6 years ago

its beautiful

Stella Gamboni
Stella Gamboni6 years ago

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

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Dolly Navina L6 years ago


Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson6 years ago

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

Anastasia J.
Anastasia J6 years ago

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

Janine Kaczynski
janine Kaczynski6 years ago