Concrete bird baths are a popular way to attract birds and add extra flair to your backyard. They are abundant and available at many garden centers, lawn ornament stores and major retailers. If you take a peek online, you will find a wild assortment of creative and innovative versions of concrete bird baths.
Pedestal bird baths have been the most popular for years, and the molded variety come in a huge array of styles and designs. They typically have a concrete pillar base and some have a detachable basin. More people love the ground level concrete bird baths with a more artisanal type of look. These types come without the pedestal.
Basic gray may have been the color of the past, but with designers thinking ‘outside the box’ more colors and more whimsical themes are appearing. Artists are using mosaic chips and animated characters to lighten up the basic concrete pedestal bird bath. The staggering range of bird bath interpretations begins at simple to elaborate designs such as roman architecture or natural themes. As far as finding one you like, this should not be too difficult, as surely one is going to ‘speak’ to your own unique personality.
While they are easy to find and are considered quite convenient and durable, they do carry pros and cons of owning one. Before stopping by one of those landscape nurseries and purchasing one on a whim, learning the advantages and disadvantages may help you choose the right one for your needs.
The Pros of Concrete Bird Baths:
- Durability: Hard y, won’t break or chip easy, making it easy keeper for years
- Sturdiness: Won’t tip over if positioned properly, holds position firmly
- Variety: Amazing amount of different types and styles to choose from
The Cons of Concrete Bird Baths:
- Weight: Concrete bird baths can be extremely heavy making them difficult to reposition or clean.
- Texture: Concrete can be very porous, so the bath has to be cleaned often to avoid algae.
- Leaks: Because of concrete's texture, it can also develop leaks during rough weather.
- Weather: Will not sustain a bird bath heater well, could crack foundation of bird bath.
We do have our latest favorites. Maybe it is because of the timeless simplicity or their subtlety; the following two bird births have our hearts. While one offers a quiet corner and attracts the shy birds, the other one proudly uses an innovative solar technology to operate.
Prairie Bird Bath MISSION Birdbath Concrete 16" GRAY CEMENT Outdoor GARDEN Statue is quietly eloquent and promises to get better over time.
The finish is an antique stain which permanently changes the color through a natural process. The bird bath becomes of unique character as it ages, developing a patina (its own darkening). This piece is perfect for birds and can be used in almost any climate.
Now you can opt for the latest in bird bath décor. How about an outdoor solar-on-demand bird bath for your garden or yard? This beautiful two tier bird fountains by Sunnydaze operates solely on solar and battery back-up power. The batteries are recharged by solar energy. It is an easy to operate system. The battery can run for up to 4 hrs overnight or on cloudy days.
When the battery power is depleted, the system automatically switches back to solar power. The technology for this bird fountain provides consistent performance even in cloudy conditions.
The fountain is made of a durable resin material, not entirely of concrete, and weighs only 30 pounds. This addition to your landscape is innovative to provide feathered friends fresh water all year long without any hassle. A one year warranty is included.
Special Provisions for Caring for Concrete Bird Baths
A concrete bird bath will last for many years provided it is well cared for. The biggest concern with concrete outdoor products is the growth of algae, or the cracking in cold weather.
- Clean the bath regularly using a stiff brush and a bleach solution to combat algae growth. Rinse the bird bath completely to rid of bleach, then allow the bath to thoroughly dry in the sun before refilling.
- Discourage algae growth by placing the bird bath preferably a level area offering some shade. Avoid high activities areas where the bath could get bumped and become unbalanced.
- Cold temperatures can wreck havoc on concrete due to expansion and cracking. Invest in a inexpensive bird bath heater to solve the problem and still be able to offer fresh water to your birds in the winter months.