Dealing with Bird Problems
If you are lucky enough to have a cherry tree in your yard, I am sure I don’t need to tell you how much
enjoyment can come from them. Just eating the delicious cherries that spawned from your tree is a
rewarding experience in itself. Looking out your back window and seeing a magnificent, glorious cherry tree
is also rewarding. Most people are impressed just by the fact that you have a cherry tree, because they are
usually thought of by non-gardeners as some sort of exotic plant.
But along with the joys that a cherry tree can bring, there are many annoyances. They seem to attract more
unwanted creatures than any other plant in the world. Almost every day it seems like there is a new type of
pestilence swarming the tree, trying to get a nibble of its delicious fruits. I can’t say I blame them, but if they
want to eat delicious fruits then they should grow their own trees.
One of the main and most constant problems that most people deal with is birds eating the fruit off the tree.
It can seem almost impossible to get rid of this pest. After all, they can come in from any angle and make a
quick getaway with the cherries. Or they can sit undetected in the branches and munch away all day. A bird
certainly has its versatility on its side. Those little guys can be a real hassle to catch or repel. However, there
are several different ways you can deter the birds from your house.
The most used way of repelling birds is to place a plastic owl within the vicinity of the house. If you find
any animal that usually eats birds and purchase a plastic version, usually real birds will be instinctual
enough to avoid it. These can include snakes, owls hawks, or scarecrows (OK, maybe they don’t eat birds
normally. But they sure scare the birds for some reason). Most of the time you can purchase these at your
local gardening store. If you want a different version or a more lifelike representation, if you look online
then you’re sure to find something that will work.
If you get a plastic animal of some sort, usually it will cure the bird problem for a while. However, some
birds are just really brave (or really stupid) and will continue to eat from your tree. Almost any reflective
surface or noisy object will prevent the birds from coming too close. I personally like to use reflective tape
designed for scaring birds. You can purchase this at any gardening store. I usually use this in combination
with a large assortment of wind chimes for maximum scaring. Once you have a plastic animal along with
reflective items and noisy items, almost all birds will be too terrified to even go close.
While airborne creatures might take a little more than their share of fruit, you should still consider leaving
one tree exclusively for them. While they might seem like a pest sometimes, birds can be the one thing that
livens up your garden. If you’re used to having birds and then all of a sudden you’ve scared them all away,
you’ll feel like there is something missing from your yard. Something that, on the inside, you truly loved all
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