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How to Keep the Birds Out of My Mulch

Updated February 21, 2017

While mulch might not be pretty to look at, it's a very effective way to keep your plants healthy. Mulch prevents water loss, provides insulation, reduces the growth of weeds, offers protection and can enhance the beauty of a landscape by providing a uniform cover for all the plants. Mulch typically consists of things such as straw, leaves, grass clippings, pine bark and needles, wood chips and comparable items. Because much of mulch is organic, it can attract birds who could disturb this careful layering you've created. Luckily, you can still keep the birds out of your mulch.

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  1. Drive a stake into both sides of the mulch area. For example, if you've placed mulch on an entire flower bed, drive a stake into the right and left side of the flower bed.

  2. Tie a long piece of fishing line to the top of one stake. Knot it in place. Walk the fishing line over to the other stake and wrap it around the top of that stake, knotting it in place. Now a long piece of fishing line should be connecting the two fishing lines.

  3. Cut several pieces of fishing line, approximately 2 feet long. Tie them vertically to your long horizontal piece of fishing line, spacing them out 1 foot apart.

  4. Thread each piece of vertical fishing line through the centre of a CD and knot it securely around the CD. The swinging and swaying of the CDs will reflect the light in a random pattern, scaring away birds from your mulch.

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Things You'll Need

  • 2 garden stakes, 6 feet tall
  • Fishing line
  • Scissors
  • CDs

About the Author

Lane Cummings is originally from New York City. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in dance before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature and her Master of Arts in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lectured and studied Russian. She began writing professionally in 2004 for the "St. Petersburg Times."

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