How to keep birds out of hanging baskets

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How to keep birds out of hanging baskets

How to keep birds out of hanging baskets

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We all love hanging baskets for the added geometry and height they bring to any garden. Their versatility means you can grow just about anything in them from stunning floral displays to upside-down tomatoes, even fruit. The problem comes when birds start hanging around your hanging baskets and nabbing all the goods. 

Why are birds a problem?

Birds can be a problem in two ways. The first, if you are growing fruit and vegetables in your hanging basket, birds can fly over and steal the produce when it is growing. This obviously defeats the purpose of having produce growing in your baskets as you don’t get to enjoy any of it.

The second and more common problem for baskets that just have flowers or fruits and vegetables is that birds will use the whining and the protective space to their advantage by making a nest inside of your hanging baskets.

This not only leaves a huge mess but two tracks from the overall production of your flowers or your food. Some people grow floral displays and they don’t mind having the birds and if you are one of those people, there are plenty of methods you can use to keep birds out of the hanging baskets in which you grow your favourite items while still providing the birds with a place to live so that you can enjoy their company. Alternatively, there are ways to get rid of birds and keep them away so that they don’t bother you at all.

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So, how do you keep birds away?

Other alturnative nesting opportunities

Attaching a nest box to a fence, wall or tree

The best method is that of prevention. Start by offering the birds somewhere more appealing to stay. Build birdhouses or nesting boxes and place them around your property so the birds won’t want to bother with your hanging baskets. 

Add fine wire mesh around baskets before planting to prevent nesting

When you plant the basket, put a light wire mesh over it so the birds aren’t able to access it. 

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Use fake decoys to score them away

Place fake predators around your hanging baskets, like fake owls or rubber snakes to dissuade the flying visitors. 

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Hanging CD’S and streamers

You can even hang things that reflect sunlight, like strings of hanging CD’s or streamers along the edges of the basket. These items will prevent the birds from hanging around your hanging baskets but is a little messy and not for everyone. 

What if you already have a bird making its nest in your hanging basket or stealing your produce?

Try moving to a new hanging basket close by

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Well, if there is a nest in your basket, you can carefully remove it if possible, but do so in a nearby location. For example: put a similar hanging basket with moss next to your original basket and put the nest in there. You can even integrate this preemptively by hanging two baskets together at all times, one with moss for nests and the other with your flowers, fruits, or vegetables. 

Use bamboo or canes to try and stop them from landing on your basket

Small bamboo canes or flower sticks can also be cut and placed around the perimeter of your basket to prevent animals from landing or loitering. 

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Place cotton balls soaked in citrus soil in hanging basket

If this level of warfare seems too extreme, you can always try soaking cotton balls in citrus oil and leaving them in the hanging baskets. For many birds, the scent of citrus oil will deter them. 

Using these tips you can keep your hanging baskets in great shape all year round, with blooms and fruit to spare!


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