How to Keep Birds Out of Hanging Plants


Hanging plants add life and color to garden areas. Birds, however, may view them a bit differently. To birds a hanging plant may be seen as prime real estate or a great place to hunt food. Either way this is never good for the plant, as rummaging through it and building nests can easily kill the plant. Fortunately, you can send a clear "move on" message to birds.

Step 1

Place a plastic snake in the soil so that tempted birds can see it. Birds will suddenly lose interest in a planter with a snake. Move the snake around every other day to keep the illusion real.

Step 2

Stick a pinwheel into the planter's soil to repel birds. Mylar tape and bits of aluminum foil will render the same effect, refracting light and keeping birds away.

Step 3

Wrap netting around your hanging plant to cut off access for foraging birds. Netting enables the sunshine to get through, but not the birds.

Step 4

Crisscross fishing line across the soil of your planter to keep birds from nesting in it. Another alternative is a child's Slinky toy to create a rough terrain for birds to dig through.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not use poisons or anything that may actually harm the birds while keeping them out of your plants.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic snake
  • Pinwheel
  • Mylar tape
  • Aluminum foil
  • Netting
  • Fishing line
  • Slinky


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Who Can Help

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