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Birders / gardeners 21:23 - May 4 with 580 viewsbluelagos

So got some grass seed ready to overseed / reseed my lawn. Last time I used it, the local birds turned up for a free meal thus leaving my lawn as poor as ever.

So my cunning plan, have purchased some bird seed and a hanger.

So my question, will my diversion treat / tactic leave them full and my grass seed free to grow? Or will the bird seed attract a load more birds who then double up on the offerings?

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Birders / gardeners on 22:14 - May 4 with 494 viewsronnyd

You used to be able to get seed that the birds wouldn't eat. Don.t know if it's still available these days though.
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Birders / gardeners on 22:15 - May 4 with 494 viewsRyorry

I'm no expert but basically, I think you need to put some protection over your lawn seed or they'll be 'avin it. Netting if warm, light fleece for night frosts, hail etc if that's necessary.

Make sure the soil temp is warm enough too, & sow just before *light* showers/rain is forecast to save having to water (apols if you already knew that).

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Birders / gardeners on 22:22 - May 4 with 466 viewsghostofescobar

Cover the seed with a thin dressing of good quality top soil, no more than 1cm, rather than just spreading and raking. Gives the seed a much better start and keeps the pesky budgies, I mean birds away.

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Birders / gardeners on 22:24 - May 4 with 461 viewsDubtractor

You'll just attract more birds, especially at this time of year when they are feeding like mad to prepare for nesting and all that jazz.

The best bet is to cover with netting of some sort to try and give the seed the chance to germinate.

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Birders / gardeners on 22:25 - May 4 with 457 viewsjeera

You have to wear an old hat and overcoat and stand in the middle of the lawn.

Better still if you pretend to be tied to a wooden post.

They hate that apparently.

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Birders / gardeners on 22:28 - May 4 with 442 viewsbluelagos

Cheers all for the comments.

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Birders / gardeners on 22:33 - May 4 with 426 viewsjeera

Birders / gardeners on 22:28 - May 4 by bluelagos

Cheers all for the comments.


Matey who said cover the seed gets my vote for what it's worth.

It's heartbreaking to see a ground feeder like a blackbird crawl under the netting and get itself caught up.

Lots of shiny things, old cds, foil...on string maybe.

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Birders / gardeners on 22:38 - May 4 with 406 viewsDubtractor

Birders / gardeners on 22:33 - May 4 by jeera

Matey who said cover the seed gets my vote for what it's worth.

It's heartbreaking to see a ground feeder like a blackbird crawl under the netting and get itself caught up.

Lots of shiny things, old cds, foil...on string maybe.


I've tried the CD on a string trick before. Unfortunately was about as effective as a chocolate fire-guard.

Lagos could try being a real life scare-crow and spend a couple of weeks shouting at birds?

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Birders / gardeners on 22:39 - May 4 with 401 viewsjeera

Create a hostile environment by making them feel unwelcome:

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Birders / gardeners on 22:43 - May 4 with 395 viewsjeera

Birders / gardeners on 22:38 - May 4 by Dubtractor

I've tried the CD on a string trick before. Unfortunately was about as effective as a chocolate fire-guard.

Lagos could try being a real life scare-crow and spend a couple of weeks shouting at birds?


He could try playing some lousy cds instead.

I did suggest the scarecrow act but no interest.

You can't help some people.

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Birders / gardeners on 22:45 - May 4 with 385 viewsBanksterDebtSlave

The answer is to make an owl out of loo roll tubes..
https://www.worldbirds.org/how-to-keep-birds-from-eating-grass-seed/
[Post edited 4 May 22:48]

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Birders / gardeners on 23:01 - May 4 with 354 viewsRyorry

Birders / gardeners on 22:45 - May 4 by BanksterDebtSlave

The answer is to make an owl out of loo roll tubes..
https://www.worldbirds.org/how-to-keep-birds-from-eating-grass-seed/
[Post edited 4 May 22:48]


Good link, thanks.

And if all those fail, a life-size blow up Delia, accompanied by a recording on loop of "let's be avin ya", would surely be enough to scare off any intelligent bird.

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Birders / gardeners on 08:30 - May 5 with 164 viewsWeWereZombies

Birders / gardeners on 22:14 - May 4 by ronnyd

You used to be able to get seed that the birds wouldn't eat. Don.t know if it's still available these days though.


I think this is the case with Levington, scattered a whole box of it around a large patch of my little acre a few years ago and have a very decent lawn area there now (except the weather this year has encouraged too much moss), never had any problem with birds predating on the seed.

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Birders / gardeners on 08:35 - May 5 with 158 viewsbluelagos

Birders / gardeners on 22:45 - May 4 by BanksterDebtSlave

The answer is to make an owl out of loo roll tubes..
https://www.worldbirds.org/how-to-keep-birds-from-eating-grass-seed/
[Post edited 4 May 22:48]


Cheers Bankster. Seems they stole my idea for tip no 4 :-)

Gonna wait til Friday and throw a shed load of seed down seeing as how it looks like grass growing weather from Saturday.

Will leave the suggested "mad man shouting at birds" routine as backup.

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Birders / gardeners on 09:08 - May 5 with 133 viewsvictorywilhappen

The Happy Mondays as portrayed in the film 24 party people did a rather nasty thing to some birds on a roof in Manchester.

Maybe try playing their music to keep birds away. Some birds have long memories. Worth a go?
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