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I’ve had several customers inquire recently about what to do about birds in their newly planted veggie gardens. You ask and we answer! Here a few tips:
Scarecrows work pretty well—for several days. Birds are smart enough to figure out the weird-looking thing that never moves isn’t really going to hurt them. Move it around every three or four days, even changing what it’s wearing every week or two.
If you’re using fake snakes or fake owls, the same goes. Move them around.
The spaces in the netting have to be just big enough to let beneficial insects through or your cukes, squash, and melons won’t be pollinated. Also, keep in mind that occasionally birds and other critters can get caught in it—I had a baby chipmunk get caught once. Ew! Never again.
These are brightly colored balloons with big eyes printed on them. Because the breeze sways them around, it keeps them moving.
Shiny new aluminum pie pans tied to posts might help as the wind blows them around and they reflect the light.
If birds are bothering your young seedlings, you can easily cut the bottom out of a paper Dixie cup and place it over the seedling. The sun can still get in from the top, but it makes it difficult for the birds to get their heads in.
Don’t use motion-activated sprinklers. Summer veggies do NOT like to get their foliage wet.
Provide them bird feeders and birdbaths—on the other side of your yard. I don’t want to keep birds out of my yard entirely. The fact that they are hungry little bug predators is only one of many reasons.
If you have any questions, we can help. And we have many other suggestions for repelling other non-bird pests! Stop by and talk with our garden experts. You ask and we answer!