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Old 09-25-2018, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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It's fun to watch how picky the birds are. Some are incredibly messy, tossing away as much as they eat. This, of course, means weeds underneath the bird feeders. We have mulch of course but weeds like mulch as well as bare ground. I've tried landscape fabric under mulch but still some seeds germinate. What do you do to keep weeds from growing under bird feeders?
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Old 09-25-2018, 10:43 AM
 
Location: S.W. British Columbia
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Weeds don't grow on snow. I don't like to enable a dependency on humans in wild animals for the sake of human enjoyment. So the only time I would consider putting out bird feeders is in the winter if there was snow and ice covering everything for an extended period of time and the local birds couldn't gain access to their natural winter foods. Starving birds in the dead of winter aren't ever picky and there won't be any seeds left behind on top of the snow.


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Old 09-25-2018, 10:47 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Ask the Bird Experts: Do Birds Get Dependent on Feeders? - Birds and Blooms
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Old 09-25-2018, 11:09 AM
 
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I only feed them sunflower seeds, get an occasional sunflower sprout, but I don't mind them. No weeds.
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Old 09-25-2018, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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My neighbor took an old very big top to a garbage can and put it under the feeder. Worked ok. Looked kinda weird.
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Old 09-26-2018, 06:19 AM
 
Location: Houston/Brenham
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It's fun to watch how picky the birds are. Some are incredibly messy, tossing away as much as they eat. This, of course, means weeds underneath the bird feeders. We have mulch of course but weeds like mulch as well as bare ground. I've tried landscape fabric under mulch but still some seeds germinate. What do you do to keep weeds from growing under bird feeders?
Same problem. I just keep it mowed if it's on grass, and cultivate the mulch when necessary to kill the weeds if it's over mulch.

But yeah, you can clearly see where the birdseed weeds are in the grass. They're a different color green. Oh well...


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I don't like to enable a dependency on humans in wild animals for the sake of human enjoyment.
I don't really care. If I want to feed them, I feed them. The birds can figure out the details.
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Old 09-26-2018, 07:58 AM
 
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I agree with Zoisite - birds are wild animals and will be fine without your help.

If you really want to 'feed' the birds for -your- enjoyment, consider planting bird-friendly native plants, which will attract birds without growing weeds or attracting unwanted visitors (you'll be lucky if squirrels are the only rodents you attract with feeders).
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Old 09-26-2018, 10:39 AM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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I have millet and sunflowers growing under my bird feeder. They are not weeds because I like them.

They produce seed heads in the Summer which is the only supplementary feed my local birds get in the Summer since I only stock the feeder in Winter.
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Old 09-26-2018, 11:14 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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I stock my bird feeder all year round . I love watching them play in the water in the bird bath and I love helping them eat .
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Old 09-26-2018, 01:05 PM
 
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I don't like to enable a dependency on humans in wild animals for the sake of human enjoyment.
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This is a joke, right? Are you hostile to zoos, too? Cats? They're kinda wild. Dogs? They once were. Horses? you get the idea.....
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