If you only had time to do one thing to help the birds, bees, and butterflies in your garden, would you know what to do?
Think about it. You can sleep under the stars, have a baby in a taxi, fast for months, but how long can you go without water? Not long. Three days to be exact. Water is as essential to us as it is to the birds, bees, and butterfliesl!
A water source, even just a bird bath, is the most essential thing you can have for all birds, bees, and butterflies.
In addition to drinking, birds need a bath to spread the oils from their bodies out to the their wings. Water also helps rid of feather mites.
Many insects can obtain the water needed from their food. Butterflies are a good example of their ability to get their water from food; you’ll often find males butterflies puddling to obtain essential nutrients. But bees need to drink water. Honey bees use water to make honey and to cool the hive.
Keep the water fresh. In the hot months of summer, offer cool refreshing water daily. As a minimum, trade out the bird bath water every four days. This will also ensure breaking the mosquito-breeding cycle.