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Apr 29, 2021 6:27 AM CST
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Hi I've been looking online for ways to stop those little beaks eating my grass seeds, no one seems to suggest netting, it's mostly noise, hanging CDs, burlap, I thought straw, but someone said that would blow away, and probably would with our weather, seen netting on eBay, but is netting not small enough, it says it's for that purpose, so not sure, looking for cheapest most effective way possible, not asking for much lol.
Apr 18, 2022 11:30 AM CST
Name: Jeff
TX (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas
We had the same problem in our yard and only found one solution that worked for us: metallic-colored pinwheels. We tried netting, that didn't deter them. Straw blew away. The burlap prevented our grass from growing to its full potential. Then, at the suggestion of a friend, we tried pinwheels. They worked alright, but we noticed the birds most avoided the areas with the pinwheels that reflected the sunlight. We bought several pinwheels that were grey or "sparkly" and we knew would reflect the sun. Our bird problem stopped!
"Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them."
A.A. Milne
Avatar for JerryHS
Aug 12, 2023 11:58 PM CST

Thiram acts as a repellant for birds. The other thing worth considering is using a drone. Birds hate it and will basically move out of the area
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Aug 15, 2023 11:38 AM CST
Name: Dr. Demento Jr.
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
If one seeded, then straw should be kept wet which will happen if one is watering the seeded lawn at the proper level.
Straw must also be thick, not just a little hand scattering; we had a machine that shredded and scattered the straw but it left a thick but airy bed of straw mulch, then we watered heavily.

Type of soil and soil prep, is just as importants AND so is amount of seed applied, seed HEAVILY, rake it over seed again, then cover with straw.
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