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One of our charming cast stone bird baths will make a wonderful feature and will bring a spectacular variety of birdlife into your garden for you to enjoy. Seed-eating birds tend to need more drinking water than birds that only eat insects. Remember also that a bird bath is used for bathing, as birds need to bathe to keep their feathers in tiptop condition. So please keep it topped up!
We have an attractive range of classic bird bath designs to suit any outdoor space, from traditional to more modern and contemporary styles and all available in a range of colours. Help our wildlife today by placing a Haddonstone cast stone bird bath in your garden.
How do I keep my bird bath clean?
We recommend cleaning your bird bath weekly.
Not only will cleaning your bird bath regularly ensure it looks smart and pristine for longer, but a clean bird bath is healthier for your garden birds too.
Cast stone bird baths may become discoloured more often during the summer months and will require more regular cleaning.
To clean your cast stone bird bath, follow these 10 easy steps:
- Empty the dirty water from the bird bath
- Scrub the bird bath using a stiff bristle brush
- Create a cleaning solution by diluting household bleach with water, in a 9:1 ratio
- Pour the cleaning solution into the empty bird bath, filling it to the rim
- Cover the bird bath with a rubbish bag so that the birds cannot access the bird bath whilst the cleaning solution works into the cast stone
- Leave the rubbish bag on the bird bath for at least 2-3 hours, then use the scrubbing brush, loosen any remaining dirt or stains
- Once all the dirt has been removed, pour the cleaning solution and debris out of the bird bath, and dispose of it safely, keeping away from all animals and humans
- Use a garden hose or bucket of water to rinse the residue from the bird bath several times using clean, fresh water, and again dispose of safely
- Allow the bird bath to dry naturally for several hours
- Refill the bird bath with clean, fresh water and enjoy watching the birds having fun in your beautifully clean bird bath.
How can I age my cast stone garden ornaments to look like antiques?
Cast stone designs can be aged to look older, using just a few easy and simple steps.
Encourage the growth of moss, lichen and a darkening of stone by painting your design with a mixture of natural yoghurt, semi-skimmed milk and either chimney soot, peat or silt. You can also encourage faster moss growth by rubbing established moss over the surface of your cast stone design. The moss spores will impregnate into the stone surface and activate growth over time.
Cast stone designs that are left in damp earth, shaded areas or amongst thick borders or grasses for several months will age much quicker than stone left in sunny areas of your garden.
An alternative to using the above instructions is to use Haddonstone’s Masonry Weathering Tint. This easy-to-use water-based formulation adds character to cast stone. One coat will add an antique-look, or additional layers can be applied to build up greater depth of colour.