Birds - Any ideas for birdfeed falling into garden?
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DON'T WANT TO MOVE FEEDERS, 'cuz I love watching them exactly where they are. That being the case, looking for something to put under feeders in garden so seed can still be accessed by my birds. Feeders are established and many birds feed off the ground.
Winter is fine. ItÂs dead grass and dirt, mainly. But in past summers, it was a pain. All the seeds sprouted intermingled in the grass AND my garden (flowers). I had cornstalks !!!
So last year I put a dedicated mound of mulch under the feeders and put plastic under it to prevent rooting of the seeds. But I felt I had deprived them of their familiar feeding spot. And all those dropped seeds seemed to go to waste.
Typically, I also throw out seed for them in front of the same area onto the sidewalk but didnÂt know it they really liked pecking on the cement. Mainly itÂs the doves IÂm concerned with since they seem to rather like pecking the dirt.
So, after much ado - MY QUESTION IS Â anyone have ideas of what to put down in the Âsemi-circleÂ around my feeders between the garden & the sidewalk where the seed falls down? Try to picture a garden in running left to right in front of a porch and it butts up against the sidewalk with a feeder close to the sidewalk, needing a semi-circle area under it for dropping seeds.
IÂd planned to plant all the way to the sidewalk later this spring to eliminate grass, but before I have enough planting material, thought IÂd put down landscape fabric and mulch a foot between garden and sidewalk. But along that straight line, I have that Âsemi-circleÂ that curves inward to consider for the overflow of seeds available to the birds which juts into the garden.
Any materials you can suggest that wonÂt encourage sprouting but would allow them to get to the seeds? IÂd wondered about gravel? Or flat flagstone? But the "poop" would collect on that. Any groundcover I could plant that would give the birds access to seeds yet not allow sprouting? IÂm open for any suggestions !!
Tks, bonnie aka brit5467