How to Keep Birds from Eating Grass Seed in 4 Easy Ways

I have been gardening for a few years now and there’s really nothing worse than having your seeds taken away by those pesky birds. I had such a huge problem with these birds before, that I almost lost all the seeds I planted just a couple of hours before.

Because of this, I had to search high and low for the best way regading how to keep birds from eating grass seed and now I have finally found the four best ways to do so.The four ways I’m listing below can all be done in just a couple of minutes, depending on the size of your lawn.

In my experience, it’s best to switch between these methods to see which one is the best for the type of lawn and birds that frequent your area. Combining the techniques would also make it even more effective.

How to Keep Birds from Eating Grass Seed

1. Straw Method

This is the method that I tried first. It’s quite time-consuming but it doesn’t need any fancy equipment making it perfect for those who are just starting.

Things You Will Need
  • Straw
  • Rake
The Procedure:
  • Measure your lawn to know how much straw you will need. Note that one bale of straw can cover up to 1000 square meters.
  • Once you know how much straw you will need, cut the straw accordingly.
  • Lay a thin layer of straw on top of the seeds. Do not cover the whole seed, leave ¼ of the seed uncovered to allow it to germinate properly.
  • After a few weeks and the seeds have germinated, you can now rake the straw away.

2. Plastic Method

Like the straw method, this is rooted on covering your seeds but this time with a disposable plastic tarp. This is a great way to keep those birds away since your seeds would be completely covered.

This is also advisable for those with a greater land area to cover. By covering the seeds, you will also be able to create a nice greenhouse effect to help your seeds germinate faster.

Things You Will Need
  • Clear plastic tarp
  • Nails or PVC piper
The Procedure:
  • Get your plastic tarp from your local hardware store. This is usually used to cover furniture when you are painting. It’s best to get the most transparent tarp you can find so that the light would be able to go pass through.
  • Measure your lawn to know how big the tarp should be.
  • Cut the tarp according to the dimensions of your land.
  • Cover your seeds with the tarp.
  • Once the tarp is in place, you can now secure it in place by using nails or PVC pipes.
  • You should remove the plastic tarp after one week or once the seeds start to sprout.

3. Toy Animal Method

Among all the methods I have tried I would have to say that this is probably one of my favorites. I really like this because my wife and I have fun with rearranging the animals. We also sometimes let the small children in our family arrange the rubber snakes and the owls.

So this is also a great family activity. I also found that the toy animals are very entertaining for our neighbors and are a great conversation starter. I even saw one of my neighbors who live a few houses away from me do the same for their lawn.

Of course, this method is not for everyone. Some of you might find it a bit tacky especially if you really want to have an elegant looking garden. But, this is a great method to use in combination with the straw method.

This might also not be advisable for those with dogs or other pets because your pooch might get drawn by the “new animals” on your lawn and either play with them or destroy them.

Another thing to note is that if you live in an area with high temperature, the helium balloon might explode with too much exposure to the sin so better to change it every couple of days.

Things You Will Need
  • Rubber Snake
  • Pinwheels
  • Plastic Owls
  • Helium Balloon (optional)
  • String (optional)
  • Brinks or Rocks (optional)
The Procedure:
  • Buy rubber snakes, plastic owls, and pinwheels in your local toy store or craft store. It’s best to buy rubber snakes with bright colors to really catch the eye of the birds and to keep them away. The owl should also be a good size, as life size as you can get, so that the birds would not dare to go near your lawn.
  • Arrange the plastic animals and the pinwheels across your lawn. Make sure that there is enough space in between the animals. It would also be best if you spread them around the lawn enough that there wouldn’t be any space in between where the birds could enter.
  • Once all your animals are in place, you may also add helium balloons with rocks or bricks to keep them from flying off.
  • Make sure to change the position of the balloons and plastic animals every couple of days to make sure that the birds would not get used to the position.

4. Noise Method

I discovered this method accidentally. We actually had a few metal things lying around near our driveway and my wife accidentally kicked one of them making a loud sound. I noticed that the loud sound actually scared the birds who were starting to get close to my lawn.

With this, my wife and I came up with this method. This is best used with the plastic animal method and could also be done with the straw method. This method has its drawbacks and would not be suitable in a lot of areas.

For one, if your neighborhood has a pretty strict noise policy you might not be able to use this at all. This also works best in places where there is a lot of wind because the wind will be the one to trigger the noise. This would also generally work only for those who have poles or trees in their lawns since you need to hang the chimes and cans.

Things You Will Need
  • Ducks with Flapping Wings
  • Wind Chimes
  • Tin Cans
  • String
  • Scissors
The Procedure:
  • Get your equipment from your local craft store or hardware. Using tin cans would be the most ecological and the cheapest option. Try to get wind chimes which are not too big. It would also be best to stay away from chimes that are made of glass or something that can easily break.
  • If you will be using tin cans, put holes on the upper part and attach strings. It would be best to string two or more cans together for a louder and more effective sound.
  • Once this is done, you can now hang everything across your lawn.


I hope that this article helped you in making sure that your lawn grows the way you want it to. I would like to reiterate that the methods above work best if you combine them. You should also weigh which one would work best for the climate that you have and the type of birds in your area.

If you liked my article please share it with your friends and family to help them grow their lawns as well. If you have other suggestions or if you feel like I missed out on some things please comment them down below. Until next time!

Dan Harris

Hi. I'm Dan Harris. My wife and I started gardening 5 years ago. Neither one of us had any gardening background but we loved the idea of growing our own organic food. Over the years, our garden has almost doubled in size and I’ve learned a lot from my season’s successes and failures. I’ve been excited to share my own beginning knowledge and special skills with all garden lovers.

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