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Topic: DIY Cheap and Easy Bird Deterrent (for berry garden)  (Read 360 times)
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« on: June 21, 2015 03:16:01 PM »

Hi All,

We have two large berry patches, and the birds keep getting to my berries before the kiddos. I saw this product on Amazon that looked cool, and leverages birds' fear/dislike of shiny things (http://www.amazon.com/Repellent-Repeller-Woodpeckers-Deterrent-Scarecrows/dp/B00UNAVW1I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1434923459&sr=8-1&keywords=bird+scare+disc) but of course was not going to spend so much money.

Instead, I used these metal stem wires (from the floral section of the craft store... about $3) and this package of pailette-style sequins ($0.99) to make my own set of bird deterrents.



You can use needle-nose pliers to shape them, but the wire was thin enough that I did these with my hands. Make sure that the sequins can twist around to really spook those berry thieves!




As you can see, once I put all 20 of my stems in the ground, they aren't really that visible (I like the natural look).



Enjoy your berries! Let me know what other ideas you have, too Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2015 03:32:10 PM »

I use old/freebie promotional CDs for my gardens. I tie a piece of twine on them through the hole, and hang them on hangers made from wire that I have attached to my trellises. I guess you could also fashion a stick-in-the-dirt sort of wire hanger out of a stiffer wire, like clothes hangers. If the CDs have writing on one side, then I just hang 2 together back to back. (I have also seen gardeners use pie tins in a similar way). They also serve me as a 'wind sock' so I know if I can burn off the brush pile.  Roll Eyes

If beauty is what you are after, PINWHEELS! I have seen some made with metallic backs, especially at Fourth of July time, but I think anything that moves would scare off the birds. You might want to get the kids their own "Special" pinwheels, so they will leave your garden ones in the dirt. Grin

Your idea is neat, though. I might try tieing and stringing some across into a bunting banner type thing on the trellises. My birds don't eat much out of my gardens, but they love to land there and poop!

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« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2015 07:27:45 AM »

Wow!  What a simple and clever thing to do!

I was just worrying about my blueberries...last year, I barely got a small handful for myself...these might work!

Thanks for sharing...your garden is also quite lovely!
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