By: Kim Messer
There are so many ways to add water to your yard. It may be as simple as adding a bird bath. We have a bird bath in a corner of the yard. It is a water source for birds, bees and squirrels. We refill it daily this time of the year. Birds drink and bathe in the fresh water. They usually stay awhile and fluff out their wings to dry before flying off. The song birds passing through are really social little birds. The Wrens will visit the bird bath in little bird packs of ten or twelve birds. They bathe and then dry themselves in the sand rubbing their bellies and chirping.
We also have a three tiered fountain. The water flow provides a soothing sound for us and another water source for creatures visiting the yard. It also seems to be a nice place for lizards to hang around. The fountain rarely needs to be cleaned, and that just means scooping out the leaves and changing out the water. The sediment rich water is great for your nearby plants.
Here at the Nursery, we have an above ground lily pond. The plants help filter the water for the fish inside. It is quite a relaxing spot. The Lotus Flowers rise up from the murky bottom to open clean and fresh to greet the day. They are certainly beautiful and deserve a second glance.
There are so many ways to add water to your yard. Just a little effort may bring great rewards… Enjoy your yard and share some water!