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How to Keep Birds Out of Hanging Plants

By Melynda Sorrels ; Updated September 21, 2017

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.

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.

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.

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

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.


Things You Will Need

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


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

About the Author


Melynda Sorrels spent 10 years in the military working in different capacities of the medical field, including dental assisting, health services administration, decontamination and urgent medical care. Awarded the National Guardsman’s Medal for Lifesaving efforts in 2002, Sorrels was also a nominee for a Red Cross Award and a certified EMT-B for four years.