How To Keep Birds From Eating Grass Seeds

When it comes to preparing your lawn for growing grass, it can be a daunting process. Not only will you need to acquire grass seeds and materials to begin planting it, but also making sure to maintain it over the long run. Especially if your lawn is quite large, it is a given that it will require more effort to cover every single square inch of the land.

In addition, you will also need to consider that some pests, including birds, can come and eat up your grass seeds before they even grow, which can not only slow down the growing process, but also be a nuisance. Really, you might end up frustrated in the end.

That said, what can you do? We are here to help! Read on to learn more in this article about how to keep birds from eating grass seeds in your garden. We will provide you a step-by-step tutorial to help you out, and soon enough, you will not have to worry about dealing with seed-hungry birds. Let us get started!


Things You Will Need For This Tutorial

Before you get started, you will need a good amount of items to help you prepare for just about any bird who ever decided to come into your garden and mess up your seeds. While it can take some time and effort, in the end, it should be worth it. Here are the items to consider for this tutorial:

​#1. Straw


Believe it or not, straw is a great way to protect your grass seeds from getting eaten by birds, for essentially it covers the area up to make it harder for them to get to the seeds. Any type of straw will suffice, as long as it is thick and can keep the birds away.

​#2. Rake


A rake will come in handy once the seeds germinate, for you will be using it to rake away the straw. At this point, the birds have no way of accessing the grass seeds, for they are already starting to grow and sprout up into plants.

​#3. Accessories

At first, this seems like a general statement, but basically, it comes down to finding objects that can guard your turf, as well as produce movement and sound that can scare off the birds from getting close to your grass seeds. Here, we list a few items down below:

Noise Makers

As previously mentioned, items which make a lot of noise when activated can be an effective way to scare off the birds, for the sound can startle them away.

That said, it is a good idea to look for objects such as wind chimes to produce noise when the birds accidentally come into contact with them.

If you want to get fancy, you can purchase motion-activated noise makers that beep or blast white noise when someone (or something) gets too close to it. After all, it is worth a shot!

Physical Barriers

Usually, this point is the most common one to select and use as means of, literally, barricading your garden from potential predators, e.g. birds.

It can be as simple as just stacking a pile of rocks or bricks around the area, so that it would make it harder for the birds to hop over or otherwise fly around it.

Even if they were to successfully go through the wall, by then you would detect it and shoo them away (with your rake, of course!).

In addition, other items such as rubber snakes, pinwheels, owl statues, and wooden ducks can be of incredible use, aside from looking like great decorations for satisfying your garden’s aesthetics.

​Especially if you place them haphazardly all over your property, you basically make it difficult for the birds to get to the grass seeds, since they will need to overcome multiple obstacles just to get through to them. Doing so discourages them, so with that, your grass seeds will remain safe.

Reflective Lights

This refers to objects which reflect bright light off from the sun, which can temporarily blind the birds when flying or searching for the seeds, thereby making it harder for them to successfully locate them.

Objects such as shiny helium balloons and tin cans planted around the garden will be worth using. Not only that, but also the balloons float in the wind, which can also act as a physical barrier to the land.

Really, there is such a huge variety of accessories to help you keep the birds at bay, whether through jarring noises, physical barriers and obstacles, and reflective lights. There are other forms of bird-preventing items out there, including bird tape to trap them, but in any case, here is a video of another example to help you out:

​#4. String

What makes string so versatile for this kind of tutorial is that it can be used either to hang wind chimes and tin cans above the garden to frighten the birds away, or as a divider in the garden to not only section off the growth of each plant, but also to make it more difficult for the bird to access the seeds. Again, such a simple object can make for a very useful weapon against seed predators!

​#5. Scissors

This object is just meant to cut off the string when using it, so it does not matter what type it is (e.g. sewing, shears, kitchen, paper, etc.) as long as it can cut into the string and make it effective for use.

For an ingenious invention to keep the birds away, check out this video here:​

Step-by-Step Tutorial: How To Keep Birds From Eating Grass Seeds

Now that you have all your items, it is time to get to work! There are not many steps to do, but it can be time-consuming, so it is important to be dedicated and patient in order to ensure your garden will be bird-free in the future. Let’s get to the steps!


Add The Straw

Taking some straw, cover a thin layer on top of your seeds. Make sure not to cover too much or too heavily, since your grass seeds still need some air and sunlight to germinate. As a rule of thumb, it should not be covered by more than 75 to 80 percent.


Rake The Straw Away

As soon as the grass seeds have germinated, you can rake the straw away. Do your best to be gentle, so that the germinated seeds do not get swept off in the process, thereby discrediting all your hard work.


Add Accessories To Your Garden

From noise makers to physical barriers to reflective lights, arrange the accessories all over your garden for making it more difficult for birds to get to your seeds. Not only that, but also you can make your garden look aesthetically-pleasing!


While having to deal with birds eating grass seeds, it can be a huge nuisance. However, do not let their presence dictate how you go about gardening. By taking into account ways to prevent them from getting to your seeds, you can guarantee a safe and successful growing season for your grass.

Happy Gardening!​

Shary Saunders

Shary Saunders is the founder and chief editor of Gardening and landscaping have been her passion for years. You can find Shary on Twitter at @SharySaunders. Read more about Shary here.

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