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?

8 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Elizabeth October 24, 2011 at 3:15 pm -

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

  2. Veronica Flores October 24, 2011 at 4:17 pm -

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

  3. Mike Lieberman October 24, 2011 at 6:12 pm -

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

  4. Mike Lieberman October 24, 2011 at 6:12 pm -

    Good call on that.

  5. Mike Lieberman October 25, 2011 at 7:42 pm -

    I want one of those too!

  6. Mike Lieberman October 25, 2011 at 7:43 pm -

    That’s pretty sweet.

  7. L. Val June 17, 2012 at 10:08 am -

    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!

  8. Mike Lieberman June 18, 2012 at 10:20 am -


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