12 Tips on How to Keep Birds From Eating Grass Seed

Tori Rhodes
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Protect the grass seed with repellent net

If you’re just starting out with your own grass seed patch, you’re probably worried about the birds accusing you of murdering their lunch.

If so, one of the best ways to keep birds away from your patch without harming them or driving yourself insane is to use bird mesh bags.

The bird netting bags are tall and skinny bags that contain the grass seed in a chamber.

When you release each patch of grass seed into the bag, the chattering birds fly in to steal a meal.

If they try to eat it, they’re assaulted by the burrs of the bag. There are many of them on the bag mesh. Every time a bird tries to escape, it creates a sound loud enough to scare them off.

In addition to repelling birds, these bags are excellent because they hold the seed in place so it won’t blow away in the wind.

Use fake owls or hawks

If you want to scare the birds away without knocking on a window, use a mechanical fanciful creature. These clever gadgets are inexpensive and often quite effective in scaring birds away from your fresh new grass seed. They work particularly well if you position them motionless on the ground during the day and move them quickly up and down with a string in the evening.

The key to successful implementation of mechanical owls is to keep your garden looking natural. If you use landscaping services or just don’t have a lot of time to devote to your garden, make a DIY landscape. Use a number of broken branches and then fill the gaps in with shorter lengths of wood, mosses and even fake flowers to carry the look of a well-established landscape. If you really want to make an effective outdoor space and don’t have too much time to devote, then this route is probably the fastest way to get your garden landscaped.

Cover the seed with straw

The birds like to peck on the ground for most of their meals, so the grass seed is very vulnerable to them. To keep them away you can either put wire mesh over the seed or cover it with straw. This will discourage the birds until the seed has germinated.

Use a decoy feeder

One easy way to keep birds from eating grass seed is to make fake feeders filled with water. A decoy feeder, usually made of plastic, is a simple and effective way to divert birds from the actual seed feeder. This is a great way to keep birds from eating grass seed in your garden.

You can hang these decoy feeders and make them move to attract the birds’ attention. Another effective way to keep birds from eating grass seed is to attach magnetic strips to the main feeder. Birds are naturally attracted to magnetic fields and will be more attracted to the magnetic strips than the main feeder.

Cover the seed with burlap sheets

The simplest, most effective way to keep birds from eating grass seed is to cover it with burlap sheets. The burlap acts as a physical barrier that birds cannot easily get around. It also works to prevent seed from blowing away, as the covers can be closed to keep the seed in place.

Lay down mulch

Do you have a space in your garden or yard that you would prefer birds not picnic, sing, or nap in?

If so, you need to lay down some mulch, such as straw, leaves, wood chips or pine needles. Also, mulch is good because it will decompose into nutrients for your lawn or garden.

When the mulch is fresh, the birds won’t have a place to make their home. Just one other tip: make sure to apply the mulch a few inches thick, so you have no space for them to lurk.

Create a noise deterrent

It might sound counter-intuitive, but making noise beyond the fence will scare off birds that are after your seed.

Through sheer repetition, birds learn to associate seeds with noise. The noise becomes a signal for them that the noise is a threat, and that the birds are in danger if they don’t flee.

You can use anything that makes a loud noise, such as radios, CDs, mirrors, marbles, wind chimes, and banging pots and pans. Just make sure the noise is loud enough to scare them away.

You can also purchase automatic bird repeller devices like the Sonic Scarer. These devices, like the artificial owls, flashlights, or fake snakes, are noise based machines, which are designed to scare and deter birds away.

Plant extra seeds

Plant an extra row or two of Wild Bird Seed. Birds will eat this first before they’re tempted by the grass seed you’re trying to get established.

Reflective scare tape

Stakes, and mesh.

Scare tape that is reflective and stakes that are shaped with points on the end of the stakes can help deter birds from the seed.

Wire mesh also works well.

The wire mesh should be spaced close enough together to prevent birds from landing and pecking at the newly sprouting grass seed.

The mesh should also be put up before the grass seed is planted, because once the grass seed is sprouted, it is somewhat difficult to space the mesh evenly.

“Birds in Flight”

Birds in flight scare tape, stakes, and other deterrents in motion will help deter birds.

Scare tapes and stakes can wave in the wind, or they can be moved manually.

Birds also dislike moving objects, so gardening cloths in motion as well are a great way to deter birds.

Hanging Scarecrow

Hanging a scarecrow in the garden will also deter birds.

The scarecrow should be hung from a spindle or one of the stakes into the ground.

Then, you can use the scarecrow to hang other scare devices such as bird balloons, strings with dangling noisemakers, or A-frame signs.

A-Frame Signs

A-frame construction signs or similar signs are sharp and can easily poke and break bird bills or wings.

Orbit motion-activated bird deterrent sprinkler

The amount of time and work required to grow grass seed is no joke. If you’ve just sown and are waiting to see your grass grow and greens cover your lawn, you don’t want birds to ruin your greens by pecking and making your lawn patchy.

You could contend with a gardener or a pet cat to take care of your lawn, but that will cost you both time and money. And that’s why you need to look into your pouches first to find the most cost-effective and time-effective way to eradicate birds from your lawn.

With this bird deterrent sprinkler, you can fend off birds with the messiest and most effective solution- the best ever bird repellent you could ever ask for.

This sprinkler is very easy and simple to get started. Once this sprinkler is set up above your lawn, it will detect motion and automatically set to work by emitting a mist that keeps annoying birds at bay.

Install the Orbit Motion-Activated Sprinkler above your lawn and it will quickly start working. The water is dispersed when it detects birds on your lawn.

The sprinkler will cover up 90 degrees and has a 360° rotating pattern, so it will cover your entire patch of lawn.

The sprinkler has a loud and scary 4-chime alarm to scare birds from the area.

Hanging spiral bird deterrent

To keep birds from eating grass seed, you can use bird-spiders to deter birds.

Birds avoid places where they see their own reflection in objects or those that look like predator eyes, like the eyes of a hawk.

Hanging a spiral-shaped bird-spider from the top of the bird feeder should not only attract birds’ attention but also keep them from eating the seeds.

Birds see thousands of eyes all at once, which scares them away.

Use burlap over grass seed

One of the easiest ways to keep birds from eating grass seed is to cover the seeded area with burlap prior to seeding. In fact, there are products on the market specifically designed to help with bird repellant.

If you can only cover a small area and don’t want to buy one of these products, cut a burlap bag into 4-5 pieces and simply lay it down where you want to seed. Burlap has the added benefit of helping control weeds because of its thickness.

To keep the burlap from blowing away, seal the edges with staples or duct tape, which you can easily do at home.