Some birds are particularly attracted to vegetable plants where the fruit trees so much so that gardeners are forced to find solutions to scare them away in order to save their crops. This is understandable, of course, but all the same you should not do anything just because many birds are very useful in the garden that they rid of pests. So let’s see what are the best ways to protect your vegetable garden and fruit trees against birds, but always in a peaceful manner.
Plant a shrub hedge to protect the vegetable patch and orchard from birds
Birds are very greedy for berries of all kinds and are fond of living hedges. These offer them food while allowing them to shelter their nests. Attracted by these plants, they tend not to rush on fruit trees or the vegetable garden with so much vigor.
This allows the gardener to preserve his fruits, seeds and vegetables without actually driving the birds out of the garden because let’s face it, no longer hearing their melodious song would be a real shame. And let’s not forget that birds rid us of thousands of insects and other unwanted critters. We therefore have every interest in attracting them and finding solutions to protect our crops. Here are some shrubs to focus on.
The Rowan Tree (Sorbus aucuparia)
It is also called Mountain ash. In any case, here is one that lives up to its name. Birds love it because it provides them with orange-red berries, rowanberries, which they feed on in winter. Thrushes are the most greedy birds of rowan.
Smooth Hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata)
It is sometimes found under the name ofThorny hawthorn and evenTwo-style hawthorn. In addition to dispersing its seed in nature, thus allowing this shrub to multiply, also delight in its cenelles, small fruits similar to red peas. This leaves a little respite with strawberries and other delicious products from the vegetable garden.
The viburnum tin (Viburnum tinus)
This ornamental shrub is also called Laurentin and Laurier-tin. It has evergreen foliage and blooms dramatically in late winter. In June, it is covered with drupes, small bluish-black fruits. The many insects that take shelter in the foliage of this shrub make excellent food for birds. Suddenly, the latter abandon a little the fruit trees of the orchard and the seeds of the garden. Note that if we want to move away the Grosbeak kernel breaker of the vegetable garden, the Viorne-tin is ideal because it is the favorite shrub of this sparrow of the family of Fringillidae.
Holly (Ilex aquifolium)
Its evergreen foliage is an excellent shelter for kinglets in particular, but also the blackbirds and the thrushes who are very fond of drupes, small fruits of a beautiful bright red. These birds like to settle in the Holly. They protect themselves from bad weather but also against predators thanks to the thorn leaves representing a real impassable rampart by cats, dogs and raptors.
The black elderberry (Sambucus nigra)
Also called Big Elder, this deciduous shrub blooms in summer and provides clusters of purplish-black berries to birds during the winter season. It is also a great year-round shelter for passerines and others. It can be noted that nearly sixty species of birds appreciate the Black Elder above all else.
Honeysuckle (of the genus Lonicera)
This magnificent liana shrub, which does not exceed 3 meters in height in adulthood, is covered with extremely fragrant flowers in spring or summer, depending on the variety. They attract many insects and as a result birds nest there quite naturally because they easily find the ideal habitat and what to eat.
Many other shrubs are a feast for birds, especially passerines. It is therefore interesting to plant them in hedges or isolated in order to divert their attention from the vegetable garden and fruit trees.
Hunt pigeons to protect the vegetable garden
The pigeon is not the preferred bird because, due to its imposing size, it tends to devastate vegetable plants just by passing from one board to another. In addition, its droppings spoil everything.
This bird usually annoys the gardener who rightly fears for his crops, when the pigeons move in groups of 20 or 30 individuals from one end of the vegetable garden to the other. To make them want to come back, there are a few simple solutions to put in place.
It is any object of Compact Disc type, plate covered with aluminum or other that shines in the sun, moves in the slightest breeze or is equipped with an animated device as is the case of the weather vane. or a small mill. We can also see various anti-pigeon mobiles in many gardens, in town and in the countryside. Anyone can create original scarers with the means at hand and a little imagination. Whatever their look, they will keep pigeons away from the vegetable patch.
The pigeon lure
The best model for discouraging pigeons from returning is the decoy which has the appearance of a raptor. Whether it is an owl, an owl, an eagle, a buzzard or a hawk, it does not matter, pigeons are really very afraid of all raptors.
Note that the Columbidae are not completely stupid! Scarers and decoys must be moved regularly to continue scaring the pigeons.
Nets to protect the vegetable garden and fruit trees against birds
The anti-bird nets as well as forcing sails constitute a good bulwark in the garden as in the orchard and make it possible to save the harvest of vegetables and fruits. This is a very good solution to put in the vegetable garden at the start of the season. We can thus preserve its plantations because the nets, sails and plastic films of all kinds constitute good protection against any type of predation.
These solutions are in any case very useful against pigeons, but also starlings which move in groups in the gardens in order to feed on worms and insects which they unearth in the ground, but they also like fruits and berries. Crows also eat seeds, berries, fruits and insects that they do not hesitate to glean in the vegetable garden as in the orchard.
Obviously, it is not no way to kill the birds using traps or setting poisoned bait. The goal is simply to manage to scare away the most devastating from the garden and the orchard without harming them. All are useful. The gardener should observe them to find out how they live and what their favorite foods are. In this way, it will then be easy for him to find the most suitable gentle solutions according to the species of birds that have settled in the garden. But we forget blowgun, slingshot and shotgun!