Butterflies are a welcome addition in garden areas. These elegant insects like to drink from shallow water sources, such as the morning dew that collects on blades of grass and rocks. Adding a waterless pond to your garden is an ideal way to give butterflies a drink. A waterless pond is a shallow hole filled with heat-absorbing rocks. The dew that forms on the rocks drips down to the bottom of the pond, so you never need to fill the pond with water.
Things You'll Need
- Thick plastic sheet
- Sand (Optional)
Select several light-colored or white stones for the pond. Choose stones that are all about the same size. The number of stones you need will depend on the desired pond size.
Rake leaves, grass and weeds away from the spot where you want to establish the pond.
Use a trowel or stick to trace an outline for the pond in the dirt. Make the pond any shape, such as a circle or square.
Dig out a shallow area in the ground deep enough to hold the stones.
Line the dug out area with a sheet of thick plastic. Landscaping plastic or a thick trash bag works well.
Spread a layer of sand over the plastic, if desired, for aesthetic purposes. Lay the stones over the sand.
Allow the morning dew to collect on the stones. This draws butterflies to the pond.
Tips & Warnings
- If you do not want to collect stones for the pond, a bag of heat-absorbing flint works just as well. Flint is available at garden and home improvement centers.
- Place a piece or two of ripe fruit on a nearby log to provide food for butterflies. Butterflies also enjoy brightly colored flowers so consider establishing a garden bed nearby.
- "Garden Butterflies of North America: A Gallery of Butterflies & How to Attract Them"; Rick Mikula; 2001
- Birds Squirrels N: Tips on How to Make Your Backyard a Butterfly Haven!
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