7 Tips To Keep Pigeons Out of Your Garden

We’ve all been there. Growing a garden is a pain enough as it is with bugs and deer roaming about, especially if you live in a more rural setting. But they’re easy to chase off, exterminate or distract into other ventures. Pigeons take stubborn to a whole new level, so how are you supposed to keep them out? Well, hopefully, this list of seven suggestive methods will help you rid your garden of the feathery buttheads permanently.

  1. Installing Netting 

You may already have a fence of chicken wire up around your garden to keep deer out. But if the area is high enough or can be expanded upwards, it might even be a good idea to hang anti bird netting over the top of your garden as well. Thick, sturdy netting will prevent the birds from flying down into the box to peck at your produce. The only problem you might run into is the fact that you need to buy a specific kind of netting designed just for birds. And depending on your garden setup, while effective repellent, it would likely be an expensive addition.

  1. Scarecrow 

You could always go with the classic scarecrow as a human decoy in your garden to discourage bird landings. However, this strategy, while cost effective, is a little more complex these days because simply put, birds aren’t stupid. They’ll come to recognize this sedentary, unmoving thing as harmless and may even add insult to injury by landing on the darn thing once this idea clicks. The trick to making a scarecrow work is to shake it up once in a while — move it from place to place, change its positions. Maybe add reflective objects like CD’s to it to provide a distracting and therefore repelling glare. This reaffirms the illusion that this thing could be alive and possibly a threat.

  1. Garden Fleece 

Garden fleece is incredibly useful for protecting your garden, both from frosts due to its heavy and warm composition, and in this case, as an effective repellent against birds. You simply unroll it and drape it gently over your greens, weighing it down with rocks or pegs to keep it in place. And it’s light and delicate enough that it can easily be rolled back and forth into place when you need to get into the garden. 

  1. Terror-Eyes Balloon 

The terror-eyes balloon is by far the best bird-scaring product out there. It encompasses everything birds hate — bright colors and the look of ‘eyes’ staring at them. Best of all, unlike a scarecrow or reflective deterrents, the balloon will move on its own with the slightest breeze. This makes this already avian nightmare seem to come alive and freak at the sight of a perceived predator. Yes, they are a little on the creepy side, but if the store-brand varieties aren’t for you, you can even make your own on a yellow beach ball. Probably a little less creepy this way.

  1. Plastic Predators 

You’ve seen those realistic fake owls sitting on rooftops and trees, I’m sure. They’re not just for decoration — they serve a purpose. Like the scarecrow, these lifelike dummies are there to convince the intruders that a bigger, meaner bird is eyeing them up for lunch. Best of all, they can be easily moved around to create a constant lurking effect to perturb the little vultures into thinking twice about moving in on your turf. Some decoys even come with sound and motion programmed into them, making them appear all the more realistic and frightening to smaller pigeons.

  1. Wind Chimes 

Wind chimes have been around for ages and we all love the pleasant sound they make when they clink together in the wind. So go figure we can use them to scare birds as well. Putting them in the garden will startle them every time the breeze brushes past them and bonus points if they’re made out of reflective metal.

  1. Create a Stick Jungle 

Stick twigs and sticks down into the dirt all around your plants. This creates a hedgy maze of obstacles and barricades that not only disguise your garden, but also provide that little extra nudge of work on the little moochers looking for a free handout. From above, the higgledy-piggledy of branches will just look like an overgrown hedge. The only downside is that it also makes it a bit more difficult for you to reach your plants for weeding or harvesting, so use it sparingly on plants that need more time to mature.

There are literally dozens of different ways to scare feathered pests out of your garden, and there may even come some ideas you develop just in the act of experimenting. Different things will work better or worse in different areas, so play around with ideas, test things out. Having a full, fresh, and healthy harvest at the end of the season is worth all the effort it takes to protect it.

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