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How to Keep Crows Out of the Garden

By Yolanda Vanveen ; Updated September 21, 2017

Keeping crows out of the garden takes as series of temporary fixes like shooing them away regularly and even hanging reflective compact discs in the trees to confuse them, as they are very intelligent animals who remember things well. Find out how to minimize the presence of crows in a garden with advice from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardening.


Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment we're going to talk about how to keep crows out of the garden. Now, we have a lot of crows on our property, and they're very menacing. I can't help but look at quite a few in a tree and not think about The Birds movie because they're just so creepy. But crows are animals just like any other animals, and I believe all animals have a purpose on this earth and we shouldn't harm them in any way, but we can set boundaries for em'. And so, with crows you got to remember they're very intelligent. Crows actually can mimic different sounds, different birds. They've even found that crows can live kind of like parrots a little bit, and they'll mimic what people say, so they're very smart, so they'll remember things. So, whatever you try to do to rid your garden of crows it never works forever, cause' it seems like they will find a reason to come back. But there's a few tricks that I've learned over the years that help a bit. First off, if you've got a bunch of crows in your front yard or in your yard, and they're digging things up or causing havoc taking your hose and sprayin' em' and chasin' em away; it doesn't really help in the long term, but a lot of times if you do it consistently they will remember that your house is not a fun house to hang out at and they might avoid it. Another trick that people have found that works really well, but I've got so much property I don't think it would work, cause' there's just too much area to cover, but just hanging CD discs around your yard; just the reflection from the CD will scare the birds cause' they don't know what it is, and a lot of times birds and animals; if they look at a reflection of themselves and it's a little bit distorted it scares them and they will leave the area. And also, when they're flying around through the trees if they're hanging it'll distort their vision a bit, and especially on a sunny day the prisms and the colors will make it a no-fly zone and they might actually avoid that tree. In the end, I've found that the crows are going to be here whether I really mess with them or not, and then I just try to live with them naturally. And if you have a big area that you want them to stay away from, if you've got a flower bed where they're digging things up, if you've got corn that they're getting into some say scarecrows work, some say that jack-o-lanterns work, but in the end... We have neighbors too. They've just built a big fence over the top of the corn, and they've protected the whole entire crop from the birds getting near it.


About the Author


Yolanda Vanveen is a third-generation flower grower and sustainable gardener who lives in Kalama, Wash. She is the owner of VanveenBulbs.com, selling flower bulbs on the Internet, at garden shows and at farmers markets in the Pacific Northwest for more than 20 years. Vanveen holds a degree in communications and international studies from Linfield College, and is a graduate of the WSU Master Gardener Program. Vanveen represented the United States at the 2006 Indigenous Bulb Society Symposium in South Africa and has been featured on the PBS show Smart Gardening, demonstrating which way is up with flower bulbs.