The Q&A Archives: The Birds Keep Eating My Freshly Planted Lawn Seed

Question: The birds keep eating my freshly planted lawn seed. any suggestions?

Answer: It's amazing how word gets out in the bird world about newly seeded lawns! The best defense is to over-seed slightly (apply more than the package recommends) and then cover the seed with a thin layer of organic matter such as peat moss. The peat will help keep the seeds moist for faster germination and will hide the seeds from marauding birds. Other tactics that work include surrounding the freshly seeded lawn with "bird scare". It's a thin tape type product (similar to music cassette tape) that emits a high pitched sound when strung tightly from stakes pounded into the ground. Once the seeds have sprouted the birds shouldn't be quite so interested in them. Best wishes with your new lawn!

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