The neighbors aren’t the only ones admiring your garden. Birds love to fly by and swoop in to admire it too. If your garden includes fruit trees and vegetable plants, birds are likely to find it even more attractive. |
Once they start nibbling away on your fresh vegetables and leaving droppings on your patios and plants, you will want to know how you can get rid of the birds flocking your yard.
Fortunately, there are a number of steps you can take to protect your garden from birds:
1. Create physical barriers
Build an inexpensive framework in your garden to protect vulnerable plants. Bamboo poles, fence posts, or tall stakes can all be implemented to create a surrounding structure. Once built, drape netting over the framework and anchor it to the ground with bent wire. This way, the net cannot blow away and will guard birds from harassing your plants.
2. Use visual deterrents
Simple visual devices can be effective in warding off a number of bird types including pigeons, starlings, blackbirds, and woodpeckers. Attaching iridescent bird deterrent foil strips to fence posts, trees, or rooftops, will scare birds away. Placing colorful balloons with scary faces around your garden is another option. You can also consider a combined approach, attaching foil to the balloons and moving them around the yard daily for the best results. In order for this solution to work well, the visual deterrent must be unpredictable and constantly moving.
3. Give the garden a bad taste
A food-grade biodegradable spray, which has a bitter and unpleasant taste, will keep certain birds such as Canadian geese and woodpeckers away from your garden. The spray is composed of methyl anthranilate, which targets the birds’ taste and smell senses, but does not harm the environment. Spraying your garden will make it unappetizing to birds and other hungry pests.
4. Consider making a little noise
Audible deterrents replicate distress and predator calls. A bird's hearing is on the same level as humans, so ultra-sonic sound devices will not work. Look for regular sonic devices that will constantly generate sounds that birds find threatening.
If your garden includes food and flowering plants, you can expect birds will find it inviting. If these visits become a nuisance or begin disturbing or damaging your garden and home, try the suggested solutions. It may be just the trick to become bird free or free as a bird – whichever you choose.
Joe LaBrie is operations manager for Bug & Weed Mart, a do-it-yourself retail chain that specializes in bug and weed prevention. To learn more about pest prevention and protection you can visit www.bugweedmart.com or on Facebook www.facebook.com/bugandweedmart.
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