Keep Birds Out of Your Garden

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Those pesky birds ruined your plants again? While birds are welcome guests to most gardens, some become over-familiar and more adventurous over time - munching on your newly planted vegetables and tearing away at your vines and fruits. It's high time you remind those birdies whose the boss! Below are techniques you can use to keep them away for good.

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Ways to repel birds

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    Cast netting.
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    Netting is one proven way of deterring birds from any garden. However, to prevent snagging on thorns and twigs, you need to construct a framework to cover the plants. Some sticks you can use are bamboo poles, tall stakes or fence posts. Spread the netting over the posts and onto the plants, making sure that no plants are being snagged by either the net or support sticks. Anchor the net to the ground with big rocks or bent wires to protect it from wind. If your garden rows aren't very long, it is better to use v-shaped tents above the rows for seed protection until they get deep roots which cannot be pulled by birds.
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    Scare tactics.
    There are several scare materials that you can use to scare those problematic birds off your garden. Below are some of the most effective methods:
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    Balloons.
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    You can purchase vinyl balloon with faces online or garden centers. Or you can draw faces on plain balloons yourself. Tie them on your garden's post, moving them from time to time as to avoid birds noticing their "lack of action." :)
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    Plastic owls.
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    Found on your local hardware. Owls are considered as natural predators of other birds and they will effectively keep the birds away for some time. Keep moving the owl around the garden, as the clever birds will soon realize that its not the real thing.
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    Cat replicas.
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    Some gardeners utilize cat replicas to scare birds away. But if you own a trained cat, that makes it a lot more interesting. Let it free to hunt and chase away those birds. Just make sure they don't damage your garden while doing so.
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    Scarecrow.
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    Ahh, you knew this is coming all along didn't you? A plain old scarecrow is perhaps the most effective device you can use. Find some used clothes and a hat that covers the face and make your scarecrow by using only two sticks as a frame. Don't forget to move it every other day.
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    Tecno-solutions.
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    Bird-buster revolutionized garden protection through their new invention, the screech owl. The owl spins in the wind and contains a microchip inside it that produces the sound of an attacking predator. This is sure to scare even the bravest of birds. Find it here Bird buster
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    The old way.
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    One technique that has been used in the past for repelling pesky birds is making them drunk. Soak a few quarts of dried corn in whiskey and simply scatter it across your garden. Have you ever seen a drunk bird? You will if you try this.
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Types of pest birds and their favorite plants

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    Pigeons - mostly cabbage family plants, raspberries, peas, blackcurrants and gooseberries.
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    Crows - peas, corns and other seeds.
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    Bullfinches - fruit trees (they strip the buds)
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    Sparrows (not jack) - fruit trees (they strip the buds)
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    Blackbirds - strawberries, apples, cherries, pears and any type of red berries like mountain ash, cotoneaster and pyracantha
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    Starlings - cherries
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Bird-repelling products

If you can afford it, you can utilize these technologically enhanced products to protect your precious garden from those pesky birds. They won't stand a chance! Below are some devices you can use:

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    Birdshield.
    You can purchase this from Bird-X Inc. Here's a link: Birdshield this product is used as a spray on for plants and gives it a bitter taste which will not sit well with those pesky birds. However, it requires frequent application, especially when its raining.
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    Roost inhibitor.
    These can range from spikes to sticky fluids that can stop birds from roosting. Birds are known to naturally seek landing strips or places they can land and relax. This could be your garden posts, trees and vines. You can try this product, bird spikes! Yeah!Bird Spikes
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    Ultrasonic repeller.
    Emits a sound that birds cannot stand. This is safe for humans as we normally don't detect the emissions from this machine at all. Find it here: Ultrasonic repeller
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Tips, tricks and warning

  • Visual scare devices only do so much. The problem is that sometimes, birds quickly get used to anything that doesn't change or move. To make it effective for a longer period, you have to move it every two days (or as much as you can).
  • Although birds can be a problem to your garden, they can also be garden allies, eating away at other pesky birds such as slugs, snails and other harmful insects.
  • Know that these birds are at your garden because of their primal instincts, not due to personal reason. Don't wage wars on all of them.

Questions and Answers

Why do birds no longer come to feed?

Birds no longer come to feed in my garden

To attract birds into your garden or to the window of your house, you have to create all of the conditions for them:

  • create or build a bird feeder;
  • put appropriate food into the bird feeder.

To build a bird feeder, you can use a simple average-sized plastic bottle for that. Cut it in the middle at an angle and cover all of the sharp angles with a single-sided duct tape so that birds can perch there as well.

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Feel the bird feeder with crumbled bread, grain, sunflower seeds. The bird feeder must be well-observed from your window or garden. You can hang it on a tree branch by making four holes in the bird feeder and running a thread or a thin rope through these holes. Make sure that the bird feeder maintains balance. You can also attach the bird feeder to your window.

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It is important to let birds know that it is safe to approach food. Do not approach the birds, and do not scare them by rapid motions or shouting.

It is also possible that birds stopped coming to your garden owing to the nesting period of birds: they hatch eggs and cannot leave their nests for long. Also, if you had a bird feeder, they might have not liked the food or the amount of it. Experiment with food types.

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Want to repel birds from my balcony?

I live in a strata building and recently a neighbor decided to keep some lorikeets. The problem is, since he did all other birds are attracted to the building leaving droppings everywhere. I love birds and I don't want to harm them, I just would like to find something they don't like or are scared of to avoid them turning my balcony in a mess. Thank you very much. Kind regards

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You can install bird nets in balcony that cover open balconies by nailing nets from outside. These are easily available and people come to install them.

How can I keep birds out of passion fruit garden?

Eat bud, leaves and flowers, how can I keep birds out of passion fruit garden?

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See more questions like this: What do birds not like to put around your garden could you tell me one that we could use for our school garden to keep birds away?

What is the solution for birds eating flowers of my passion fruits?

What is the solution for birds eating flowers of my passion fruits. I have tried: Use of scare crows. I think it was caused by: Birds are eating my passion fruit flowers and I want to keep them off

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We have 1 acre plot with numerous fruit trees. We are plagued by sulfur crested cockatoo?

We have fruit trees and the sulfur crested cockatoos are stripping the apple trees. The apples are not ripe and they are a now a large flock of 20 or so and they strip the tree bare. The plums are ripening and they will be attacking them next. The cockatoos normally strip the pine trees but are now taking a liking to the fruit trees here in Ulverstone, Tasmania.

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How to protect my passion fruit vine from birds?

Birds are eating my passion fruits before they got ripe, so is there a solution to prevent them?. I have tried: A pesticide called 'tresspass'. I think it was caused by: I don't know

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