How to stop birds from eating for free

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by treykam, Mar 13, 2001.

  1. treykam

    treykam LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    Hey guys,
    How to keep birds from eat my grass seed that i put on turf? HELP i'm new
  2. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Former Moderator
    Messages: 6,073

    With a 12 gauge shotgun, 1,000 rounds of ammo, and plenty of free time. :) :)
    Just joshing with ya.
  3. joshua

    joshua LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,226

    try a scare crow. just mesisng with ya
  4. Trimline

    Trimline LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

    If you are putting it on fresh topsoil try turning a leaf rake upside down and draging it across the seed lightly.
    The only other way I know of is a slit seeder but then you a talking some money.
  5. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,028

    Did you just throw the seed on the ground or did you cover it. Seed on the ground is birdseed. If you cover it with a 1/4 to 1/2 of dirt its bound to become grass. If you cover it with straw too you'll also increase your chances. Otherwise go get 10 cats and tie them up around the lot.
  6. joshua

    joshua LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,226

    Otherwise go get 10 cats and tie them up around the lot. [/B][/QUOTE]

    ohh my, i'm in tears thats so funny. thats the funniest thing i heard in so long. could you imagine driving by someone's yard with 10 cats tied around it
  7. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    You might try aereating after putting out seed.
    Go over it quite a bit.Youll find most of its under.
    Course that dont mean birds wont scratch it up.
    If a starling finds it ,he ll call the flock.
  8. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Messages: 4,830

    If it was a new install on loose soil, I would put on my JRCo rake/dethatcher and it would work some of the seed into the ground and the striping kit behind, ends up lightly dragging loosed dirt over the seed even more. Behind all of this I pull a partially filled with water, roller to push even more seed into the soil.

    On overseeding, I just went over the lawn an let the striping kit break up and help cover the cores from aerating it first before seeding. I tryed this out last fall and it worked nice. The germination percentage rate was great.

    Maybe this will give you some ideas. This area where I did this, is loaded with birds.
  9. thelawnguy

    thelawnguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,411

    Cover with tobacco netting after seeding. The grass will grow thru the netting, and it will be almost gone by fall. That is, if you use the cotton and not the nylon.
  10. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,260

    Fake snakes?

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