How to Stop Bird Seed From Sprouting in Gardens

Gardeners enjoy hanging bird feeders in landscaping areas where flowers and shrubs grow. Birds enjoy these areas because they offer protection from weather and predators. Unfortunately, one negative result of placing bird feeders over a garden area is that the birdseed that falls to the ground will sprout and grow unwanted plants in the garden area. Take steps to prevent this so that your bird feeder will continue to serve the feathered population without consequence.

Preheat the oven to 148 degrees C.

Pour the birdseed onto the baking tray in a single layer, spreading it out evenly across the entire sheet.

Place the baking tray into the oven and bake the birdseed for 20 minutes.

Remove the birdseed from the oven and cool completely.

Fill the bird feeder with the baked birdseed. The baked birdseed will not germinate if it falls to the soil under the bird feeder.


Alternatively, bake the birdseed in the microwave in a single layer in a microwave-safe dish. Bake the birdseed on high for 2 minutes and cool before using. Another reason bird lovers do not want birdseed to germinate is that many of the seeds contained in general birdseed mixes will grow into plants that are considered harmful weeds. These weeds may begin to grow under the bird feeder or they may spread to other areas by the wind or by other animals. When you bake the birdseed prior to using it to fill a bird feeder, these weeds will not grow.

Things You'll Need

  • 0.454kg. birdseed
  • Baking tray
  • Oven or microwave
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Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.