Keep Birdbaths Fresh and Clean
I’m a little embarrassed to say that my birdbath is a mess right now. Overtime, the summer weather turns hot and I get “busy.” Too busy to stay on top of cleaning a bird bath. If I am not out there to change the water every day it isn’t easy to keep birdbaths fresh and clean.
One weeks time and well, I am left wondering why I even bother to have a bird bath. Well, that WAS me two years ago. Fast forward to today. It is clean and most importantly, safe for my birds.
Want to know the secret? It is E-A-S-Y!
Start With a Fresh Bird Bath
1.) Start with a clean bird bath. Want to know how to clean your bird bath? Click here.
2.) Fill the birdbath with fresh water.
Now Comes Choices:
Get your penny jars out! Look for a handful of pennies that have a date BEFORE 1982. Pennies before 1982 were made from real copper. Copper will slow the growth of algae. I got about 5-6 days of no algae growth. Better than nothing.
2.) Copper Pipe
Throw a few copper pipe fittings that are left over from a home improvement project in the bottom of the birdbath. Like the pennies, the copper pipe fittings work to slow the growth. Copper will not stop the growth entirely but going from a few days to a little over a week – it helps! Longer lasting than penny option.
3.) Algae Inhibitor
A win, win. (You can’t use this in a metal bird bath though, sorry.) I don’t have anything growing. That is the point 🙂
Which Way Will Work for You?
I started using the penny option. It works. It gave me more time. Then, I was picking up dog food and asked at the pet store, after all they are the pet experts – algae inhibitor was the magic bullet 🙂
For me, I like the NO algae option but it HAD to be safe for wildlife Which way will work for you?