Consider a birdbath to provide clean, safe water for the birds.

2. Basic Bird Need: Water

Birds need a source of shallow water for drinking and bathing. Some tips:

    • Birdbaths: Birds will use any source of standing or lightly trickling water, but most gardeners prefer to offer a birdbath that can be kept clean and free of mosquito larvae and bacteria.
    • Water Features: Small streams and fountains are also great ways to offer water for birds.
    • Design: The best water sources have a graduated “beach-like” entry, a nonslick surface, and are less than 3” deep. Add smooth gravel to the bottom for perching and balancing.
    • Location: Wet birds aren’t as agile, so place your water feature near some trees and shrubs as a handy place to escape predators and dry off.
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Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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