how to keep birds off lawn

When you sow grass seed, you want to give it the best chance of survival against the competition in the soil.

Though the soil isn’t the only challenge. You’re also competing against wild animals who love to come and go from your garden. Birds are the biggest culprits for stealing grass seed. Especially when you’re sowing a new lawn from scratch.

In this post I’m giving you some tried and tested methods that will go a long way to helping your seed survive.

They are all designed to give no harm to any birds that try to take the seed. I.e. I’m not talking about killing them. However frustrated you might get.

Remember though, birds on a lawn isn’t always a bad thing. If you haven’t sown seed, then the chances are that you’ll have Magpies or pigeons digging for worms.

This simply means that there’s a high level of microbial activity in the soil, which is actually a good thing for lawns. As long as it doesn’t become too much of course.

Why are birds attracted to my lawn?

Both birds and animals usually look for the simplest way to get food. Birds feed on seeds, worms, larvae, insects, etc. Thus, it makes sense that the birds will flock to your recently planted seeds. Its like an unlimited buffet for them. Your lawn is the best opportunity for them.

Birds also look for warm places to lay their eggs. There’s a good chance that birds will build a nest on your lawn if it’s lined with trees.

Are birds dangerous to my lawn?

When weighed against things like worms, insects, and algae, birds aren’t that dangerous.

Having birds on your grass is good in moderation. They consume insects and worms that could damage your fresh grass seeds. But you can’t allow them to consume every grass seed you sowed. An uneven lawn is unsightly and challenging to maintain in the future.

How to identify bird damage?

The majority of the time, birds congregate on your lawn to eat the seeds. To get the seed into the ground, they use their beaks to dig holes. If you find one or two-inch holes in your garden, it’s a sign of bird damage.

8. Install mirrors and other reflective things

Birds cannot stand shiny objects and reflective surfaces. They experience visual disturbances when light beams refract off a surface. You can install small mirrors on your lawn. A few pieces of aluminum foil could be spread out on the ground.

6. Cover with Burlap sheets.

If you don’t think mulch is a good enough substitute, you could try covering the seeds with burlap cloth. The seed is shielded by the loosely woven jute fabric, which allows water to pass through. Burlap can help keep the soil warm if you live in a colder climate because burlap fabric can trap heat. It’s usually not the best choice if you need to cover a large area because the fabric is pricey.

Id want to provide you with a bit of caution. For the delicate seeds that have just started to germinate to survive, they need a lot of sunlight. Most of the sunlight will be blocked by the burlap. For this reason, as soon as the seeds sprout, you need to remove the burlap covering. Every day, look for tiny green grass emerging from the ground; as soon as you notice these developments, remove the fabric.

The best ways to stop birds from entering your lawn are physical barriers. Cover your lawn with a net to keep birds out.

FAQ

What deters birds from your yard?

Things to scare birds away Predator statues such as lifelike scarecrows, owls, coyotes, snakes or cats that can be moved around every few days. Shiny objects such as old CDs, foil pans or silver reflective tape. Large colorful balls placed in the garden or from trees will look like eyes to birds.

Is there a natural bird repellent?

There are several versions of bird repellent sprays you can make at home but the most popular is a concoction of chili peppers, water, and vinegar. To make this spray, crush dried red or green chili peppers into a mixture of water and vinegar.

How do I protect my grass from bird seed?

How To Keep Birds From Eating Grass Seed Using Straw And Mulch. Spreading mulch over your grass seed can help keep birds away from the area. Mulch serves as a distraction and hides the grass seed from the bird’s point of view.