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#270097 23-Apr-2020 10:47
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Hi all, I have some bark/mulch around my garden that birds are constantly coming and scratching in. They fling the stuff everywhere over the grass and concrete and it's a real pain. They do this daily.

 

Are there any discrete products that I could use to repel them? I have seen stuff like this: https://www.pestrol.co.nz/buy-online/pestrol-solar-yard-repeller-elite/ and other products they have, but it appears that the sounds they emit will be visible by humans and pets etc.

 

I just want to keep birds from scratching up my bark and mulch looking for food!

 

Thank you


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  #2468466 23-Apr-2020 10:59
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Leave the happy little creatures alone, let them thank you for the pleasant environment, and enjoy watching them 🙂 


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  #2468478 23-Apr-2020 11:01
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A cat perhaps?

 
 
 
 


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  #2468479 23-Apr-2020 11:03
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Have you considered this? 

 





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  #2468492 23-Apr-2020 11:21
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You can't win with birds (unless you install netting, which is ugly). 

 

 

 

Two legal options: -

 

- Get stringier bark that is harder for them to kick around;

 

- Douse your garden in insecticide, so there is no food for them, then they will move on.

 

 

 

 





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  #2468509 23-Apr-2020 11:37
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My brain did a Freudian thing and read the title as Birth Control in the Garden. Could be relevant given what people get up to during lockdown. 





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  #2468514 23-Apr-2020 11:43
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This has come up in GZ before. I had this problem and bought a roll of black fine-mesh gutter-guard type plastic. I scraped back some bark, pegged lengths of netting down alongside the path where the birds were scattering the bark - then sprinkled a layer of the bark back over the mesh to disguise it (not at all ugly @MikeAqua). This stops the birds getting into the ground beneath - they get frustrated, disillusioned and pissed-off - and stop doing it. i.e. works really well.

 

Something like this:

 

https://www.bunnings.co.nz/greenscape-gutterguard-180mmx20m_p0265698

 

 

 

 





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  #2468544 23-Apr-2020 12:18
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eracode:

 

This has come up in GZ before. I had this problem and bought a roll of black fine-mesh gutter-guard type plastic. I scraped back some bark, pegged lengths of netting down alongside the path where the birds were getting in and scattering the bark - then sprinkled a layer of the bark back over the mesh to disguise it (not at all ugly @MikeAqua). This stops the birds getting into the ground beneath - they get frustrated, disillusioned and pissed-off - and stop doing it. i.e. works really well.

 

Something like this:

 

https://www.bunnings.co.nz/greenscape-gutterguard-180mmx20m_p0265698

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you!


 
 
 
 


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  #2468610 23-Apr-2020 13:23
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eracode:

 

This has come up in GZ before. I had this problem and bought a roll of black fine-mesh gutter-guard type plastic. I scraped back some bark, pegged lengths of netting down alongside the path where the birds were scattering the bark - then sprinkled a layer of the bark back over the mesh to disguise it (not at all ugly @MikeAqua). This stops the birds getting into the ground beneath - they get frustrated, disillusioned and pissed-off - and stop doing it. i.e. works really well.

 

Something like this:

 

https://www.bunnings.co.nz/greenscape-gutterguard-180mmx20m_p0265698

 

 

Great idea





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  #2468614 23-Apr-2020 13:29
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eracode:

 

This has come up in GZ before. I had this problem and bought a roll of black fine-mesh gutter-guard type plastic. I scraped back some bark, pegged lengths of netting down alongside the path where the birds were scattering the bark - then sprinkled a layer of the bark back over the mesh to disguise it (not at all ugly @MikeAqua). This stops the birds getting into the ground beneath - they get frustrated, disillusioned and pissed-off - and stop doing it. i.e. works really well.

 

Something like this:

 

https://www.bunnings.co.nz/greenscape-gutterguard-180mmx20m_p0265698

 

 

 

 

 

 

I concur, I took up this suggestion by @eracode and it has worked. I have only used it along gardens bordering pathways as I got sick of sweeping them. I don't cate about the lawn as the mover takes care of it and mulches the bark so good for the lawn. In the gardens where I have put it

 

I have managed to disguise it with plants. I don't want to discourage birds as I love the birdsong especially the morning chorus.





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  #2468631 23-Apr-2020 13:45
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Wouldn’t it be nice if people also gave you a +1 when they post to say they agree with you.





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  #2468639 23-Apr-2020 13:54
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eracode:

 

Wouldn’t it be nice if people also gave you a +1 when they post to say they agree with you.

 

 

My apologies. 😃





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  #2468649 23-Apr-2020 14:03
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I used quarter round logs as edging to prevent this, but not always fool or bird proof but helpful.


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  #2468681 23-Apr-2020 14:36
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eracode:

 

Wouldn’t it be nice if people also gave you a +1 when they post to say they agree with you.

 

 

What is the purpose of the +1?  I only ever use it for voting - like the DreamMachine give away.





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  #2468683 23-Apr-2020 14:40
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MikeAqua:

eracode:


Wouldn’t it be nice if people also gave you a +1 when they post to say they agree with you.



What is the purpose of the +1?  I only ever use it for voting - like the DreamMachine give away.



Makes people feel special?

Funny though, despite your self-confessed limited use of it, you've received almost one +1 for every two posts you've made :D

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  #2468689 23-Apr-2020 14:45
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Ge0rge:

 

Makes people feel special?

 

Funny though, despite your self-confessed limited use of it, you've received almost one +1 for every two posts you've made :D

 

TBH, I've never looked at that number until today. 





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