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For the Birds: Misters Add Interest and Cool Atmosphere to the Garden

by Nellie Neal

A mister is a simple device, easily installed on a ground or pedestal type birdbath, the edge of a water garden or even a bowl of rocks. The sound and motion of gently dripping water sets a relaxing mood and helps muffle exterior sounds, too. Adding a mister to your garden not only gives birds and beneficial insects a place to drink, but also cools the immediate area, making it a great place for tender plants like cuttings you hope will take root. Provide a place for the birds to stand, give them water and they’ll find it.

Parts of a mister

water tubing, usually rigid, often black 
adapter to attach the tube to the water source
needle valve to adjust drip rate
screen washer to filter debris and keep tube clean

Set it up today 

Purchase a mister kit, either one that can attach or stand free in a bowl of pebbles. Choose between simple misters that spritz, drippers that direct water droplets off of leaves or ripplers to set in the birdbath and animate its water. Look for stainless steel construction and powder coated parts for durability.

Open the kit, inventory all parts and read the directions. Be sure you have enough tubing to reach comfortably from the water source, or purchase an extra length and fittings to extend the one provided.

Attach a Y fitting to your hosebib – one side will supply the mister, the other will hold your garden hose or act as a faucet. Install the brass adapter to the faucet with the filter washer in place to keep debris out of the system.

Secure the mister in its place – wire it, anchor it with pebbles or bury the ends for a ground level location. Attach the tubing to the needle valve that controls the water flow and hide it as best you can by running the tube behind the bath or under some mulch.

Turn on the water (just barely) and adjust the valve until it drips to your satisfaction. Most misters use no more than 2 gallons an hour, and can be regulated to use even less and still be effective.

Keep it clean.  Flush out the tubing and filter washer at least once a month to keep the water clean and flowing freely.



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