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Birdbaths come in a variety of different shapes and sizes. This birdbath is on display at Twilight Gardens.

Birdbaths are inviting to nature and can add simple decoration to your garden or yard.

“Most of them are two pieces consisting of a pedestal and a bowl. For the most part, a lot of them that we make can be changed,” said Todd Cooper, owner of Twilight Gardens. “There’s different sizes, different depth. There’s a lot of people will say that birds won’t use deep ones and then there are people that say birds don’t use shallow ones, but it really depends on preference.”

Cooper, who creates birdbaths, said while most people use them for decoration, some also enjoy the birds they attract.

“It’s probably 60 percent of people that like the decoration and 40 percent of people that are way into feeding birds, doing that kind of thing there,” Cooper said.

The best way to keep it looking new is by using a sealant on your bird bath.

“Especially in the summertime with all this sun if you notice algae forming. Sponge it out to keep it clean,” Cooper said. “Then if you notice the finishing coming off a little bit, then just hit it with some of the clear spray paint again, and that’ll bring it right back to life. Mainly, it’s just keeping on top of it if you want it to look its best.”

Birdbaths can be kept out year round as long as you clean them out and maintain them.

“Like anything you have inside your house, it’s really just keeping up on it,” Cooper said.

Abby Trapp can be reached at abby.trapp@newspressnow.com

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