10 Ways to Achieve Garden Protection from Birds

Birds are cute but they can also cause significant damage to your garden. They feed on garden crops of every class, ranging from vegetables to seeds and tubers, not to mention that they can introduce other pests to your garden. While controlling birds in your garden may seem easy, every gardener knows it’s a tedious task.

You can protect your garden from birds by using any reflective surface to flash light, installing items that move suddenly, or using a netting to keep them from reaching your plants. While one method may work, combining different methods will be more effective and fun.

This piece will give you the best ways to start your garden protection from birds by employing simple yet effective methods and allowing you to enjoy the fruits of your garden labor.

Why are Birds Attracted to Your Garden?

If birds are constant in your garden, it’s normal that you’ll want to find a way to protect your garden from them. However, doing so requires understanding that something attracts them there, and as long as that attraction remains, they’ll always come around. While you can remove some of these attractions, you can’t help the presence of others.

Water attracts birds to your garden
Water attracts birds to your garden

Some of the reasons birds are attracted to your garden include the following:

  • Food: Gardens often contain a variety of plants, flowers, fruits, and insects that provide a food source for birds. While the presence of food in your garden means it is productive, it also means you’ll always have to contend with birds.
  • Water: Birdbaths, garden ponds, and water features can be a water source for birds, especially in hot and dry weather. Birds will often perch in gardens with these features to assuage their thirst.
  • Shelter: Birds will take cover in trees, shrubs, and dense vegetation in gardens as they offer shelter and protection from predators and adverse weather conditions.
  • Nesting Sites: Birds may find suitable locations in gardens to build nests and raise their young.
  • Flowers and Nectar: Certain birds, like hummingbirds, are drawn to gardens with nectar-producing flowers. Other birds are attracted to bright-colored flowers such as chrysanthemums. Therefore, if you combine vegetables and flowers in your garden, expect more birds.

Protecting your Garden from Birds

Despite the importance of birds to the environment and the success of your garden, they can be destructive. Therefore, you must protect your garden against them. Some of the ways to achieve that, without hurting the birds include:

Using Reflective Objects

Reflective objects are perfect at using light to cause distractions and sudden movements that cause birds to take flight in fright. They create flashes that deter birds from staying long in your garden as long as they are moving and there’s a light source.

reflective objects against birds in a garden

Hang reflective objects like old CDs or aluminum foil strips near your garden. The sunlight will cause them to flash and reflect light, which can startle and deter birds. Place them strategically around your garden, especially near vulnerable plants. You may move them around to prevent the birds from getting accustomed to their positions.

Installing Wind Chimes

Sounds are also perfect for alarming birds. Sudden sounds such as chimes make the birds assume the presence of a predator or threat.

Hang wind chimes in your garden to create both noise and movement. The sounds and vibrations from the chimes can disturb and deter birds. Place them in areas where birds are most problematic. Also, move the chimes around your garden and remove them completely at other times.

Use Predator Decoys

Birds of prey are always wary of their predators. Therefore, strategically placing predator decoys around your garden is an effective way to keep birds away.

Place decoy predators, such as owls or hawk statues, in your garden. Birds may mistake them for real threats and avoid the area. Move these decoys periodically to make them more convincing. However, note that birds are smart and you may have to change the predator decoys and their positions as they will quickly figure out that the decoy isn’t a threat.

Erect a Scarecrow

Scarecrows are one of the oldest bird-control methods; however, they have become less effective as birds quickly understand that a standing figure at a spot isn’t a threat to them. Therefore, create a scarecrow that often changes its position.

Set up a scarecrow in the garden. Birds are often intimidated by the presence of a human-like figure. Make sure to move the scarecrow occasionally so that birds don’t get used to its presence.

Consider Garden Netting

Birds can be fun to watch. If you enjoy watching birds in your garden, you can protect your veggies by using garden netting to block birds from reaching them. Cover vulnerable plants with netting, ensuring it’s secured tightly to prevent birds from getting underneath.

vegetable garden netting

Ensure that you use nets with less than 1cm holes to prevent wildlife from catching their parts in the holes. Lizards, snakes, opossums, and bats, are common wildlives that can get caught in garden nettings.

Install Motion-Activated Sprinklers

Sudden movements and water are some of the most effective deterrents for birds. Motion-activated sprinklers combine the two into one system to help you keep birds out of your garden and sporadically water your garden.

Place motion-activated sprinklers in your garden. When birds approach, the sensors trigger the sprinklers to release a sudden burst of water. This unexpected action scares the birds away.

Use Pinwheels

Pinwheels are lightweight but sturdy and they move when the wind blows. They are perfect for protecting your garden against birds because of their movement and colors.

Install colorful pinwheels in your garden. The movement and flashing colors can deter birds. Place them near plants that are frequently targeted.

Apply Bird Repellent Gel

When birds come into your garden, they have favorite spots to land on. You can compromise those spots to make it less desirable for them to perch anywhere in your garden. The bird-repellent gel comes in handy for this method.

Apply bird-repellent gel to surfaces that birds may land on, like window sills or ledges. The sticky texture is uncomfortable for birds and discourages them from perching.

Set Sonic Repellent Devices

Sonic-repellent devices emit sounds that mimic the distress calls of birds or predatory bird sounds. Prey birds that hear these sounds will take flight and assume your garden is a haven for predators; hence, they’ll avoid it.

Place these devices in your garden to create an auditory threat that keeps birds away. This works best with installing predator decoys that are associated with the sounds from the devices.

Explore Companion Planting

Companion planting involves intermixing bird-repelling plants, such as marigolds or sunflowers, with your garden crops. The strong scents or unpalatable tastes of these plants can deter birds from feeding on your garden plants.

Plant these bird-repelling plants close to the garden plants that birds disturb most.

Conclusion

Protecting your garden from birds doesn’t have to hurt birds as they’re an essential part of the ecosystem balance. Therefore, employ methods that are safe for them. Also, remember to regularly inspect and maintain these deterrents, as birds can become accustomed to them over time. Rotate or combine different methods for the best results in protecting your garden against birds.

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