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Old 07-29-2008, 01:28 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I have a new birdfeeder, first time homeowner. It is surrounded by weeds. Crazy grass killing horizontal hidden weeds that you can't even grab to pull up. It's almost like a vine but instead of clinging to a brick wall they cling to the ground. Is if from the seed? Can I get bird seed that won't spout killer weeds? How do I get ride of my grass vines?
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Old 07-29-2008, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Zebulon, NC
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I don't know about the vines - it might help if you post a picture.

As for the bird seed, there are many varieties of "no waste"/shelled seeds. There's no guarantee that none will sprout, but it might help with the problem.

You could also create a small bed underneath the feeders with a border and some mulch. Maybe it will help?
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Old 07-29-2008, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I don't know what the vine is either, but when we had a bird feeder up - we got a crazy amount of "stuff" growing under it. BTW, I've read that you shouldn't actually feed birds in summer, only when they don't have a reliable source of food (i.e., dead of winter, etc.)
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Old 07-29-2008, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Gainesville, VA
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I feed gold finches thistle seed. So it's black seed on black mulch and have had no weeds. Now if the morning doves would stop tossing my mulch into the grass, i'd be a happy camper.
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Old 07-29-2008, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Zebulon, NC
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I don't know what the vine is either, but when we had a bird feeder up - we got a crazy amount of "stuff" growing under it. BTW, I've read that you shouldn't actually feed birds in summer, only when they don't have a reliable source of food (i.e., dead of winter, etc.)
I was curious about this, so I did some Googling. According to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, it's ok to feed the birds year-round.
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Old 07-29-2008, 10:01 PM
 
Location: NE Florida
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I "nuke" my birdseed before putting it out for the birds
I use one of those disposable glad containers 9 x 12 for about 4 or 5 mins
Since I buy it in a 40# bag it take time but a whole less time than trying to get up the weeds
I have noticed a huge decrease in stuff growing under the feeder

a few weeks ago I was out of birdseed and picked up a small bag at the grocery store
for some reason I didn't nuke the batch and had quite the weed mess under the feeders

I finally ended up spraying the area with roundup and covering the area with heavy weed block for 5 days to get rid of the weeds
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Old 07-30-2008, 01:53 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Thanks everyone! After searching some online sites, I believe it's Bermuda grass or something just like it. I also think there is some chickweed in with the bunch. I thought bermuda grass was just grass, but it grows along the ground in a vinelike structure accourding to some various sites.
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Old 07-30-2008, 02:09 PM
 
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I remove everything down to dirt, place weed block over the area (overlap 12"), and cover it with gravel. Any weeds that come up are easily pulled because there is no dirt for the roots to grow into.
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