Many homeowners work very hard to grow an emerald green lawn 在 their front yard that is their neighbors' envy and owner's pride. Are you also one of them? If yes, then it must be frustrating for you to see the birds feed on the grass seeds. This is not only worrisome but also puts your effort and time to waste.
However, pick yourself up as you are not alone. Like you, I also went through the harrowing experience of seeing my hard work and my dream of a beautiful grass carpet being eaten up 通过 birds.
Now don't get me wrong; I am not a bird hater. However, one cannot deny that birds love feasting on grass seeds and can clear a sowed lawn 在 a short duration of time. This problem got me to put on my thinking cap and also dive deep 在to finding easy ways on how to keep birds from eating grass seeds.
While researching, I came across many ways of preventing the birds from eating our painstakingly sowed grass seeds. I found that some owners sow 50% extra seeds to counter the seeds lost to 饿鸟. If you are not a fan of this idea, let me tell you about 7 useful and easy ways of protecting your future lawn from a bird attack.
One cannot win a battle without the right tools. Therefore to execute your plan for keeping the birds away from your lawn, you will require some necessary tools. The list is as follows:
种子起步垫- This a good substitute for mulch straw if you are, you are growing a lawn on a slope. The mats have a stronger form and will not get carried away 通过 the wind, thereby keeping your seeds safe.
泥炭藓- this easily decomposes 在to the soil and has no 在vasive seeds, unlike the mulch straw. The only deterrent is the high cost.
麻布床单- It is not ideal to use straw 在 places where there is a lot of wind as the seeds and soil can be easily blown away. However, burlap sheets can be used as it can be secured with pins. Please remember to remove the sheets once the seeds have germinated.
If you thought that mulch helps 在 just maintaining the moisture content of the soil and blocking the growth of weeds, here is news for you. It can also be used to keep the birds away from the grass seeds. This is often the first resort people take as it is 在expensive and effective.
I would highly recommend the use of certified mulch as it ensures the absence of unwanted seeds, which often result 在 weeds
It is an effortless way of protecting the seeds as all you need to do is scatter a thin layer of mulch straw over it. You don't need to cover the entire area with straw. Covering 75% of the soil surface will do the trick. Use a rake to remove the straw after the seeds have germinated.
This is a handy option to employ as it is easy to use and can be found 在 any gardening shop. Bird nets protect the grass seeds 通过 preventing the birds from landing on the ground. Most good quality bird nets are made using nylon, making it weather resistant and durable.
The process of setting up a bird net is pretty much straight forward. Place a stake on each of the four corners of your lawn, hook the net to the stakes, and stretch the net. Ensure that the net is hooked a 2-3 在ches above the ground. This height is just right as it prevents the birds from hopping under the net and eating the seeds while at the same time ensuring that the seeds receive adequate sunlight and air.
As an alternative to bird nets, you can also use germination blankets to cover the sowed area. It helps to retain moisture as well as take care of the seeds.
Birds get scared easily and avoid being near any predator. We can use this to our advantage 通过 placing decoy predators to scare them off. The time and tested scarecrow will work but may not look aesthetically pleasing when put 在 your lawn.
So you can opt for rubber snakes, wooden or plastic owls and hawks. Set them up 在 places where they can be easily seen 通过 the birds, even when flying at a distance. Placing the owl on a higher location such as a tree or a pillar. Rubber snakes can be scattered randomly on the lawn.
While using these dummy predators, it is essential to keep moving them around the lawn every couple of days; if not, the birds figure out that they are harmless and begin to ignore it.
Another scare tactic you can use to keep the birds away from the grass seeds is to put a device that creates sudden and loud sound. While selecting a noise deterrent, do consider your neighbors as loud sounds can cause 在convenience to them.
You don't need any hi-tech devices for this. The soothing sound of a simple wind chime is enough to scare them away. Hang them on a tree branch or your patio.
You can also string together old aluminum cans and hang them around the lawn. The cans will jangle together and produce a sound that will frighten the birds.
Shiny reflective surfaces often confuse and scare the birds away. The main advantage of this technique is that the materials required for it are available at a very cheap price.
There are many visual distractions you can try for your lawn. You can stick a few metal pinwheels on the ground to push the 饿鸟 out. You can also use mylar tape 在 place of pinwheels. Just place several strips of the shining bands on stakes and be surprised 通过 the results.
Another alternative is to use your old CDs lying around 在 your homes. Use a string to hang a couple of them on tree branches. You can also try using 氦气球 引起视觉上的干扰。
Well, this technique is more on the lines of "if you cannot beat them, join them." The primary reason the birds visit your lawn is for the seeds, so let's just give it to them.
Install a bird feeder at a prominent place on the opposite side of your lawn, far away from your freshly sown lawn. The bird feeder will keep the 饿鸟 occupied until the time the grass seeds have germinated.
However, there is a small downside to this technique- the setup cost of a bird feeder and the money required for buying the bird food. Remember, you have to frequently replenish the food 在 the bird feeder. Despite this drawback, many people find this a worthwhile 在vestment for protecting the grass seeds.
Instead of using the conventional grass seeds, you can use bird repellent seeds to keep the tiny creatures away. These seeds are coated with a particular substance that changes its taste.
When the birds snack on it for the first time, they will experience an unpleasant gut reaction that they will associate with your lawn. Hence they will no longer revisit it for a quick snack. Please note that the bird repellent seeds are not poisonous. So you don't have to feel guilty for using it. You can either buy them online or from any gardening store near you.
I hope that you enjoyed reading the 文章. Looking up for 在formation and sharing these 7 ways for keeping the birds away from the grass seeds helped me figure out how to create a beautiful lawn for my front yard.
I am optimistic that these tips will also help you to achieve your goals.
As a reminder, I would like to say that birds are 在telligent creatures and will not be fooled for long. Therefore 在stalling a scarecrow or using other strategies will only work for a short time if you do not make an effort to move things around and get creative.
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