Common Household Remedies Request
This is one of my garden projects for this year: the water feature. Here is a diagram of one implementation, obviously more buttoned-up than anything I would do:
The stacked stones are actual stones ( New York Bluestone flagstone, whatever that is) and not resin (ugh).
And here is a cutaway diagram showing the assembled fountain:
I'm waiting on the power cord for the pump (I couldn't find something solar powered), and I also need to order the "decorative rock" (pleasantly rounded river pebbles, I would think) from my landscape supply house (along with a few yards of soil and some stone dust, but that is another story).
The diagram does not show the water is actually recirculated: The water, having been pumped upward, trickles down over the fountain's rocks, then onto the "decorative stone," and then through the "perforated lid," and thence into the "bucket" (which I called a "reservoir") from whence the pump recirculates it upward. (A plastic liner goes underneath the decorative stone, so as water flows down over the stones toward the holes in the lid it doesn't pick up leaves and dirt.)
Well, the whole apparatus gets shipped in the bucket, and because I can't open packages without clumsily tearing and ripping them open, I busted the "perforated lid" in in the unpackaging phase of the project. So I got a white plastic bucket from my local coffee shop, and I'm also going to have to cut or carve "perforations" in its lid. (To fair to myself, the holes in the lid weaken it substantially, so it was quite easy to break the original lid by bending it upward.)
Here is a photo-diagram showing progress so far:
As you can see, I've dug a hole for the bucket! In very heavy clay, I might add; and you can see some roots from the cut-down but still evil Norway Maple stacked up in the background.
You can see the area that I intend to cover with "decorative stone"; the 18-inch trowel gives a rough idea of the diameter of the stone area: Maybe 8 feet wide, 6 tall. (It only now occurs to me that I'm going to have to make sure the liner is big enough.)
So this is my question: Will birds feel safe enough to land at the fountain given an 8x6-foot clear area? The filbert trees are still quite small; the flowerbed in the front is mostly violets and pansies, which are not tall; the Black-eyed Susans in back will rise to two or three feet. I would think I'll get plenty of beneficial insects regardless, but I really had my heart set on birds. Readers?