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Keep Birds Out of the Garden

We have a problem with birds in the garden. I was wondering how to keep birds from eating everything when it ripens in the garden? We have it fenced so our chickens won't get in but last year we had a lot of birds get to our tomatoes and other things before we did. It is a large garden so it would not be practical to put netting over everything. Do those twirling owls work?

Kathy
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Keep Birds Out of the Garden
Post by Louise cook
Dear Kathy,

You need to make a scarecrow for your garden. Use 2 1x2's, tie them together with wire in the middle and put some clothes on it, making sure you use something shiny. Silver contact paper is good and strong, let it stick together if it wants to because it'll be shiny on both sides. Birds don't like anything that shines or moves, so hang a lot of pieces on the scarecrows arms.

The owls you mentioned work for awhile until the birds get wise and know it can't get them. Here in Arizona, the farmers use the contact paper on their scarecrows in the field. Be sure you graduate the lengths so the wind will blow them.

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Post by RoseMary
Since we live in the country, my husband had put a fence around our veggie garden, but we still had the birds flying in. Our solution to that was to use all those unwanted CDs and tie them to sticks around the garden to scare them off, birds don't like the shine they put off. No more treats for them.

By RoseMary B.

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Post by brenda newton
My mom ties small aluminum pie plates in the saskatoon bushes to scare the birds. She puts them in the tree just as the fruit is turning purple. It works for her.
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(Guest Post)
I use pieces of old garden hose which have been cut into 8" to 12" lengths. I place them throughout my garden. Each time you happen into your garden to check on the progress - move the little hose. Whaa-la instant snakes.
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christine (Guest Post)
My father in law has a huge garden in his backyard and he also uses unwanted CDs as a repellent for birds. It works very well for him. He drills a small hole near the top of two CDs he glues together so they are reflective on both sides. He then uses a fishing clasp through the hole and hangs them where they are high and turn freely. There's also some repellent streamer you can buy that is extremely reflective on www.improvementscatalog.com that you string through the rows of your plants. I thought that was kinda cool.
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