how to level a bird bath

I built two different types of foundations beneath our birdbaths based on the available resources and energy. The most intricate foundation was created for a large concrete bath and consisted of digging a hole, filling it with a layer of large-size gravel that was four inches (10 cm) deep, and then inserting two concrete blocks into the hole. More gravel was added to the area surrounding the blocks, and a large flagstone was placed on top, with the birdbath situated above. That foundation hasn’t noticeably shifted in 12 years.

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Since the water in the garage hasn’t been turned on, the day started with a search for the garden bucket, which needed to be filled at the kitchen sink. The water bearer (i. e. , the gardener) arrived at the birdbath and discovered that, in fact, there were issues with the restroom. Not only was it dry, but the birdbath was noticeably tilted, causing the water to run to one side and mostly spill out. Winter frost had also heaved the earth underneath. It might have worked in a pinch, but in order to serve a respectable family of robins, swift adjustments were required. Unfortunately, this required some heavy lifting.

We have separate pairs of robins claiming the front and back gardens every spring, and territorial disputes are avoided with ample bathing provisions in both areas. I was awakened to the melodious song of robins last Saturday morning. We have three bathrooms: one in the front and two in the larger back garden. Years of studying robins have taught me that the song they sing outside my window is more likely the insistence of a bird realizing that their bath is no longer wet than it is a reflection of the delights of spring.

However, this time I didn’t have any concrete blocks in the cabinet. Rather, I lifted the big flagstone the birdbath was resting on, removed the bowl and pedestal, and excavated and set aside the six inches (15 cm) of gravel that was underneath. The shifting bowl and water level above were caused by the previous foundation’s insufficient depth, so I dug a hole that was about 12 inches (30 cm) deep and wide. I then filled it with more gravel and placed two vitrified bricks—bricks that have been glazed and hardened to make them impervious to water—at the top of the hole, surrounding them with gravel that was flush with the soil level. After covering the bricks with flagstone, I checked to make sure it was straight with a spirit level and made a few adjustments until it was. I tested how level this construction was by placing the pedestal and bowl on the flagstone and adding water. The amount of water in the bowl varied very slightly from side to side. That’s something I can deal with, and the robins will have to too. And all this before breakfast!.

FAQ

How do you build a level base for a bird bath?

How to make a bird bath. Find level stones or bricks that you can stack to make a sturdy base. Think about ways you can make the base more stable or secure it to the ground. After you have stacked your bricks or stones, place your dish on top and test if it’s stable.

How do you position a bird bath?

Place your birdbath in the shade if possible, to keep the water cooler and fresher. Having trees nearby will also provide branches on which they can preen. Arrange stones (or branches) in the water so birds can stand on them to drink without getting wet (this is particularly important during freezing weather).

How do I keep my bird bath from tipping over?

I stabilize the pots by filling them with soil, bricks or rocks. These pots have wider bases and are much shorter, making them more difficult to tip over. It is extremely important to keep birdbaths clean and filled with fresh water. Over time, leaves, birdseed, algae and seed hulls will accumulate in birdbaths.