If you’re like most people, you probably don’t enjoy seeing birds eating your grass seed. It can be frustrating when you spend time and money planting new seeds, only to have them eaten by birds within minutes. In this blog post, we will discuss some tips and tricks that can help prevent birds from eating your grass seed. By following these tips, you can keep your lawn looking beautiful all season long!
Which birds are most likely to eat grass seeds?
The birds that most often eat grass seeds are sparrows, thrushes, crows, and rooks. These birds are known as seed-eating birds, and they will eat almost any kind of seed. However, there are a few things you can do to prevent these birds from eating grass seeds.
Effective protection measures against birds
Time of planting seeds
The timing of grass seed planting is especially important because some seeds must be planted before birds start migrating, or during the abundance of other food they eat. It is best to plant seeds from late summer through mid-fall, as there are many wild berries and seeds growing during this period, which birds often enjoy. This is not a cure-all for birds, but it will still help minimize seed eating if there is no other option to protect against them.
Thin layer of soil on top of the seed
One of the most common ways to prevent birds from eating grass seeds is to spread a thin layer of soil over the seeds. This will help camouflage the seeds and make them less visible to birds. The method is called ground cover and is most commonly used by novice gardeners and experienced gardeners alike.
It requires planting the seeds lightly with about 1/4 inch or 0.5 cm of soil. This is quite enough to protect them from birds. This method helps to maximize the seeds from the keen eyesight of birds. After all, if one bird spots the seeds in your lawn, a whole flock will immediately fly in and eat all the seeds in an instant.
Bird netting is an effective way to keep birds from eating grass seeds. Choose a special net and sell it at a gardening store. It has fine mesh, through which birds can not get. At the same time, such a net will not prevent rain and sunlight from reaching the seeds at all. The netting should be set a few inches off the ground with wooden or metal stakes. This way, the netting will cover your entire lawn and the birds won’t be able to eat a single seed.
Seed protection for cold climates
If you live in a cold climate, there are several additional steps you can take to protect grass seed from birds. One option is to cover the seeds on top with straw or mulch. This will be a natural protection for the seeds and a quality organic cover. It will also be able to protect grass seeds that don’t like the cold too much. Mulch will help keep the soil moist, so it is convenient in regions with minimal rainfall.
But remember that once the grass germinates it will be hard to get rid of the mulch, so it is better to use straw if the region has good abundant rainfall. The straw is conveniently raked up with a rake after the grass has sprouted.
Another way to protect grass seed from birds is to use burlap. You can buy this cloth at any fabric store, and it is easy to use. Simply spread the cloth over the area where you planted the grass seeds and secure it with rocks or bricks. Make sure there are no holes in the fabric, as this will allow birds to eat your seeds. The burlap fabric is high in moisture retention, maintaining optimum temperature, but also quality breathability.
Mylar tape is very effective in deterring birds. It is light in weight, so it moves in a light breeze when attached. In addition, the tape is highly reflective, so it shines brightly. Mylar tape makes a medium noise every time it moves, which also discourages birds. Mylar tape can be wrapped around the perimeter of a lawn or garden with tall posts driven into the ground. Such posts should be at least three feet high and six to seven feet apart. Mylar tape should not be stretched heavily between the posts because it should sway freely in the wind.
Bird repellents that emit noise
Noise scarecrows are also effective for deterring birds from your lawn or garden. These scarecrows are available at most hardware stores, and they work by making a loud screeching sound that scares away birds. The downside to using bird repellers is that they can be quite annoying to people as well!
There are also more modern ultrasonic models that emit a low-wave sound that birds and humans can hear. But humans hear them less quietly than birds.
If you have a lawn sprinkler, you can use it to scare the birds away from the grass seed. Most sprinklers rotate back and forth, creating an artificial barrier that discourages birds. Water also helps keep the ground moist and discourages birds from planting.
You can also try using a fog hose or sprinklers with a motion detector. That is, it turns on not only for scheduled watering, but also when there starts to be movement on the lawn.
If you have a big problem with birds eating grass seed, you can try using raptor baits. These are artificial raptors that look like hawks, eagles or snakes. Their idea is that the sight of a raptor will scare away other birds. In addition, there are very realistic artificial raptors on sale, and some models can make distinctive sounds, flap their wings, rotate their eyes, or move their bodies.