Using a Scarecrow to Scare Birds From Your Garden

Posted on Oct 24 2011 - 2:30am by Mike Lieberman

Just because you have a balcony garden or are gardening in a small space, doesn’t mean that birds won’t be picking at your food.

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What I’ve started to do is use a scarecrow to keep the birds away from the seedlings and sprouts in my containers. No clue why birds are scared of scarecrows, but it works. My guess is that they think it’s a person.

All you have to do is put the scarecrow by the containers. Make sure that you move him or every day or frequently. This will trick the birds into thinking that it’s alive and moving, so they won’t go after your stuff.

What are some other ways to scare birds away from your garden?

  • Elizabeth

    Aluminum pie pans strung up, they twirl and shine.  Seems to work.

  • Veronica Flores

    Feed your neighbor’s cats so they hang out more often.

  • Mike Lieberman

    Hahah. The cats from across the way do sometimes break into my apt.

  • Mike Lieberman

    Good call on that.

  • Mike Lieberman

    I want one of those too!

  • Mike Lieberman

    That’s pretty sweet.

  • L. Val

    I hang old CDs and sparkly Christmas ribbon.  When it moves in the wind it creates light from the reflected sunlight and scares birds away.  I hang them on the tomato cages too so when I rotate the plants every week it creates a new light pattern.  Sometimes it puts rainbows on the balcony walls!

  • Mike Lieberman