Bird deterrents for your garden
Your strawberries, blueberries and just about everything else edible is disappearing! The birds are taking everything in your garden, leaving little or nothing for you to enjoy. The same thing is happening to us, so we traveled to the garden center to see what they have to scare the flying felons away.
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The first thing we found was bird netting. This provides a barrier so they can’t get to the plants. Another item was holographic tape. This is a reflective tape that sparkles when it is hung by your plants to scare them off. The other product was the fake owl. Owls are natural predators of most small birds and that presence of an owl is sometimes enough to do the trick.
Finally, we found the Scarecrow sprinkler. The Scarecrow uses a photoelectric eye to sense when you have an animal in the area, then it sends a blast of water to scare the critter away. This product works really well, but is also the most expensive deterrent. There are also some home remedies. You can hang tin pie plates, or old CD’s in your garden and they sometimes work just as well as the products in the store. There is one more tip to follow. Whatever you use, move it around your garden so the birds and other animals don’t get used to it!
(Original air date: 7/14/2007 on GardenTime TV. See the GardenTime web site for more videos and information about the show)
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