Birds and Top Dressing

Cheers from Europe,
I feel like this is really my topic as the birds are capable to destroy a lot of my effort concerning repotting, topdressing, etc. They are mostly what you call blackbirds. I guess I know what is the problem - beside they bonsai work I quite like them on my garden :slight_smile :slight_smile:

I tried tabasco smell, protection and this year I war quite succesful with CDs


You can see one on my Nidiformis in training. I’ve heard they are particulary scared by “moving reflections”.
Its better now but still they find strenght to do some riot from time to time. Meh…

We used to use CD (and reflective streamers before that) in the orchard. Works well for birds

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My friends… :grin:
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Awsome…
Repost this on… ‘Post your petsi pics’ …
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Don’t recognise the species? Is he eating the fertilizer, stealing the top dressing… or looking for birds?

I have a few stationary owls that keep seagulls off my roof. However, they do not scare other birds (mainly crows), or squirrels.

I’ve been looking at getting some of these to replace my stationary owls.

I have read about using a CD and reflective materials, but my wife did not approve of putting them in our garden.
I did use peppermint oil with fairly good results. The birds are very sensitive to this smell.
I would mix around 20-30 drops in a medium size spray bottle and spray around my garden, potted up trees and anywhere I could see the birds being a nuisance. :love_you_gesture:t2: :evergreen_tree: :smiley:

Mine is coated in bird poop. Fail.

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Arrrrgh, some birds, I suspect ravens or magpies, wreaked complete havoc in my pots over the last couple of days. :face_with_symbols_over_mouth: sneaky buggers for sure, as I haven’t caught one in the act yet. They ripped of entire moss layers. The nicer and thicker the moss, the more they seem to like it.
Glad for all the tips here. I think I’ll try several methods to see what works best… Watch out you beaked buggers, the game is on. :blush:

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Does anyone know if a generous application of pepper would be detrimental to the tree or the top dressing?

I use hot pepper to keep squirrels out of our bird feeders. The birds don’t care. They seem to not detect any hot sauce or pepper. Wild Birds Unlimited - Nature Shop (wbu.com) Black pepper has been used as a pesticide to repel sawflies and caterpillars. Effects of Black Pepper on Plants (sfgate.com)

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Hello,

i had the same problem, and i spray a few drops of tabasco with the water sprayer. watch out if there is too much tabasco, the moss will turn yellow.

Christoph

I would like to add that the peppermint oil spray I use has been very effective for keeping the birds away :smiley: :love_you_gesture:t2: :evergreen_tree:

Thanks for all the advice!
Pepper is definitely no help. I applied a generous amount yesterday, only to find the pots plowed again today.
So as next attempt and short term solution, I put some large stones on the pots until I can source some other materials this weekend.
Still in two minds whether I should go for a tabasco or peppermint solution or rather build some wire mesh covers… on the one hand, wire mesh doesn’t look nice, on the other hand, it only needs to be applied once…:blush:

Yeah birds cannot really taste capsaicin and it doesn’t repel them.

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Definitely give the peppermint oil spray a try. You will have to apply daily. I spray it around and on the sides of the pots, growboxes, containers…
Birds are very sensitive to peppermint.
I do have wire mesh cover over some of my trees pots.
Not really sure if birds behave like deer and squirrel when foraging for food.
With deer and squirrels the deterrent/repellent needs to be in place before they start seeking out their food source. If you are late with application, they have already stamped the spot in their memory and will disregard the repellent.
Being proactive is the key for success with deterrents. :+1:t2: :smiley: :evergreen_tree: :love_you_gesture:t2:

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I now covered some of my pots with wire mesh…
Additionally, I ordered a life-size movable dummy owl and two dummies of dead magpies. I hope the combination of these will keep the birds away from my terrace.

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Oh, and I figured out that I have weevil grubs in my pots and ordered nematodes to fight them. That should also remove the food source that the birds are after.

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@Christoph Lucky you spotted the vine weevils. Could have been nasty and the tree may not have survived. You probably have Robins or blackbirds scraping the moss. Unfortunately there are grubs that live in moss so they could be after them, but it is nesting time and they line their nests with moss. However, they tend to try every bit to get a dry piece. CDs is my preferred method and at only £5 for fifty they are a cheap solution. You do have to keep them clean and reflective.

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Yes, I’m glad I discovered the grubs and that a friend could identify them. He also found the characteristic weevil eating patterns on the leaves of some of my plants. I hope the nematodes will take care of that.
I’m pretty sure that the culprit birds are a couple of magpies which is nesting in a tree in line of sight from my place… I see them around all the time. Initially I also thought that they’re after the moss for their nest, but I found that they just pick the moss and leave it all behind. So they must be looking for food in the pots and not for nesting material.

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Let’s see if the magpies still dare to come near my place.:blush:

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