Tips for Keeping Birds Away from Your Garden
I just wanted to let the person, i think its susan french... that the "CD" Idea works fabulous in my sunflower garden.
This is funny. People have a hard time believing finches can destroy your garden. I’ve watched them for two weeks now . It is amazing. Fattest little bastards you’ve ever seen. I’m trying cd’s and streamers now. If doesn’t work I’ll shoot them
I try to keep my flower beds in pristine condition, but every once in a while, I'll have a few robins or crows make their way into these beds and they actually steal small mouthfuls worth of my mulch. The mulch I purchased wasn't cheap. I'm afraid if I install netting, I won't be able to remove any future weeds. What am I to do?
For the past week we have been woken early by crows banging and pecking against our patio window. Covering it in scratch marks, droppings and sometimes blood, so they must injure themselves. Have tried scarecrow and scaring them off but they still come back. Any ideas please.
The stupid little sparrow's eat my POT'S. First time I had a really big pot with a thick rim and the pot flared out with sort of a ridge. They sat on that and ate a hole about 6" x 4" Had the rim so thin the pot was not good so I took it to the back by the water for them so they could enjoy and leave the rest of mine alone. Oh, no. Didn't touch it then. It was clay and had a green glaze on it and I had even spray painted clear over that. Now they are working on the regular clay pot I have.
Having a problem with chipmunks eating my sunflower seedlings ! They actually pull the out by roots and gnaw on the stalks. This is so disappointing to find them like this. Can I root the sunflower stalks to salvage them?
I have chipmunks, squirrels, and porcupines wreaking havoc in my garden too so I can sympathize! In an attempt to salvage whatever I can, I try to root anything that gets broken off. I take a lazy approach and just make a new clean cut and pop the broken bit into a glass of water. 9 out of 10 things root and can be replanted. I'm pretty sure I have done this with sunflowers with some success. Give it a try!
I'm worried that birds, rabbits, insects and squirrels will all get into my newly sown carrot, chard, and radish seeds. Can I cover the container that I planted them in with plastic wrap to protect them? Should I poke holes in the plastic?
The plastic wrap would be no match for a hungry squirrel, so we would recommend using something a little more sturdy, like window screening or hardware cloth (a screen made of metal). If it’s fastened securely to your containers, the critters shouldn’t be able to get in. Don’t use bird netting in this case, as it can snag animals’ feet too easily and won’t block insects.
I beg you to remove the suggestion involving fishing line and thread. Those and similar things (baling twine for one example) get entangled around birds' legs and the harder the birds try to get free of it, the more entangled they become, often ending up with it wrapped around their wings and entire bodies. Many birds of many species have died horrible, lingering, deaths due to such items. The Montana Osprey Project has been trying to educate the public about the hazards to birds (not just ospreys) posed by these items. They have seen many cases of bird deaths from them and have even posted a photo (it is on their Facebook page, I THINK) of one osprey totally wrapped up in baling twine that it had picked up somewhere and brought back to the nest. When that bird was found, it was dangling from the nest, dead, wrapped in the twine. It was the male of a pair of birds and it had died dangling below its nest at the same time its mate was incubating their eggs on the nest above him.