How to Landscape a Bird Bath


Selecting the perfect bird bath for your yard is simple. The challenge is placing and landscaping the new feature. The surrounding landscape features hold the potential of enhancing the bird bath without overpowering it. Consider the style of the bird bath and the surrounding landscape when decorating the area.

Things You'll Need

  • Bird bath
  • Ground cover
  • Edging
  • Shovel
  • Garden accents
  • Choose an appropriate location for the bird bath. Select a spot away from the home and busy areas of the yard, as lots of activity will scare away birds. Consider how the bird bath will change the look of the surrounding landscape. Install the bird bath in the location where it will make the best visual impact.

  • Mark an area around the bird bath for landscaping. The shape and size of the area is a matter of personal preference and available space. Remove the grass in the area to prepare it for the ground cover.

  • Add a border around the perimeter of the landscaped area. If you have other edged areas in the yard, use the same edging material around the bird bath.

  • Cover the area with the selected ground cover. You can use pebbles, river rocks or mulch. If you prefer greenery, choose a plant ground cover. Another option is to place potted plants amid the rock or mulch ground cover.

  • Add accents to the landscaping. Large rocks, decorative stepping stones, garden signs and ceramic figures are a few common options. Choose items that blend well with the bird bath to create a cohesive landscape. Keep the bird bath as the central focus of the area by choosing accents that don't draw attention away from it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid planting bushes that provide hiding spots for cats in the bird bath landscape. This gives them an ideal way to attack unsuspecting birds that are enjoying the bird bath.

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