How To Keep Birds From Eating Grass Seeds In 3 Easy Steps

grass and seeds

Grass is grown primarily for two purposes, food production or improving the lawn. Grasses can be annual or perennial plants. They grow from the bases of the blade, not from the tips of the stems. This allows them to stay alive even if being mown or grazed by animals.

Growing grass can be quite a tedious process. Some farmers intentionally grow grass for hay to sell as fodder to other farmers or ranchers. Homeowners and landscape experts can also plant grass to create beautiful places in your home or around commercial establishments.

Unfortunately, birds love to eat grass seeds. As a matter of fact, many of them will gather in areas that have recently been planted with grass. You should also consider the fact that grasses take four weeks to germinate. This is more than enough time for birds to completely eat them all before they have the chance to grow.

Things You Need To Prepare

Protecting the newly planted grass seeds is a priority. If you allow them to be exposed, the birds will easily feast on them. If you end up covering them too much, the seeds will not be able to get enough sunlight and they will die. To help you solve this problem, you need to prepare the following:

1. A Transparent Tarp

bird net

If you cannot buy one, you can use mulch. Mulch can also help speed up the seed germination process since it can help retain heat and moisture and stop weeds from growing. You can also use burlap sheets to protect the seeds if the other options are not available.

2. Wire U-Pins


This will be used to help secure the tarp or the burlap sheets. If you do not have any, you can use nails to keep the covering pinned to the ground. You can also use heavy rocks if the other materials are not available.

3. A Scarecrow

owl decoy

This can be used to scare birds away. You can use a scarecrow especially if you need to protect a large area from birds. If you only need to protect a small area of land, you can opt to use decoy owls or decoy hawks. These can be used to deter the birds from going near newly planted areas. You can also use metallic Mylar tape to scare the birds away.

4. Bird Feeders

bird feeder

You will use this as a distraction. Instead of letting the birds feed on the seeds, you can hang a bird feeder in another area of your property so that the hungry birds will be drawn towards the feeder and away from your grass seeds.

How To Keep Birds From Eating Grass Seeds In 3 Easy Steps

Step 1: Use Protective Covering To Keep Birds Away

covering crop

Cover the area that you planted with a transparent tarp. Make sure that the entire area is covered. You should also use the wire U-pins to keep the tarp in place so that it won’t get blown away by the wind easily. As soon as the seeds sprout, you should take off the covering to allow the grass to grow.

If you are using mulch, try to cover all the scattered seeds. Just make sure that you are using weed-free straw mulch so you will not have to deal with weeds growing together with the grass. This product can easily be bought at landscaping or gardening stores.

Step 2: Scare Away The Birds


You can set up a scarecrow in your property to scare away the birds. When used effectively, you will no longer have to cover the area with the tarp. Birds are afraid to go near scarecrows especially one that is well-made. This makes them maintenance-free lawn guardians that will work tirelessly day and night.

Another way to keep hungry birds away is to use decoy predators. Birds may be willing to exert a lot of effort to get a decent meal, but they will rarely do it if it means risking their own feathers. Placing these decoys in the middle of the lawn or on the edges can deter the birds from going near your grass seeds.

Step 3: Create A Diversion

feeding bird

Trick the birds by giving them something more valuable than grass seeds. Hang a bird feeder in a highly visible area in your home so that the birds will be attracted to it first. Give them bird seed, and even water so that their attention will be towards the bird feeder and not towards the seeds on your lawn.


bird eating seed

Homeowners and farmers put a lot of value to the grass seeds that they have recently planted, unfortunately, so does a lot of hungry birds. But with the help of a few tips and tricks, you can easily safeguard the seeds and allow them to germinate and grow within a few weeks’ time.

If you will need to protect large properties, I highly recommend that you use decoys especially scarecrows. This will allow you to protect the grass seeds without having to spend a lot of money. If you only need to protect your lawn, then you should opt to cover it with a tarp or use a bird feeder instead.

When planning to keeping birds away from your grass seeds, you should consider using your wits rather than using your money to buy products or materials unnecessary. Keep in mind that it will only take a few weeks for the grass to grow and as soon as they germinate, birds will no longer want them.

About the Author Emily Taylor

My name is Emily Taylor, gardening is my passion and I’m looking forward to sharing it with everyone. I know that there are millions of people out there want their backyard and garden be attractive just like their front yard, so I am here to help you create your own backyard paradise.

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Joann Zondorak says Nov. 2018

Hi, want your advise on a very shady backyard,many pine trees. My problem is I love wildlife,so I feed birds. The problem is they oftentimes dump the entire feeder on my lawn or under feeders. I hate the unknown weeds etc,that grows from these seeds & would prefer to just feed them grass seed. That way I am avoiding unknown growths to a point & still enjoying feeding the birds. Can you recommend a grass seed for a sun & shade yard that is not grossly exspensive but that the birds will enjoy. One that will grow grass when dumped on the lawn in the sun & flower bed. In the mostly shade back yard, or will grow flowers in the shady area under the feeders. Thanks for the advise & then you get a new mail order customer as well.

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