Birds Eating Seedlings - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Tami Ellis
N. Mankato, MN
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Question by ellishoop
June 4, 2000
Every year I plant sunflowers and the birds eat the seeds and young sprouts. Is there something I can do to deter the birds?

Answer from NGA
June 4, 2000
Unfortunately, sunflower seeds are a favorite of most birds. You can try erecting bird netting over newly seeded areas, making sure it's high enough to allow growth and not let the birds poke through it. When the plants are a few inches tall, they should be safe from birds.

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