Birds El Cajon CA

Many birds are friends to the gardener, as they feast on harmful insects and weed seeds. But when they feast on our crops, we categorize them as pests.

Kniffing'S Discount Nurseries
(619) 561-0611
14940 Oak Creek Road
El Cajon, CA
 
Apollo's Earth
(619) 596-2775
10744 Rockville #108
Santee, CA

Data Provided by:
A Green Thumb Landscape Consulting
(619) 269-9501
4856 Date Street
San Diego, CA

Data Provided by:
YourSolarLink.com
(858) 733-2445
P.O. Box 34055
San Diego, CA

Data Provided by:
Gardens To Gro
(858) 278-0650
5640 Kearny Mesa Rd., Ste. E
San Diego, CA

Data Provided by:
Armstrong Garden Centers, Inc.
(619) 442-9281
1755 E Main St
El Cajon, CA
Products / Services
Annuals, Arbors / Arches, Arrangement Accessories, Benches / Chairs / Tables, Bird Baths, Bird Feeders, Bulbs, Ceramic, Terra Cotta & Stone Containers, Chemicals, Conifers / Evergreens, Container Gardening, Containers - Decorative, Crop Protection, Decorative Planters & Urns, Fertilizers, Fountains - Decorative, Furniture / Structures, Garden Center Marketing, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Garden Ornaments, Gardening Tools, Gardening Gloves, Gardening Supplies, Gift Certificates, Groundcovers,…

Data Provided by:
Armstrong Garden Centers, Inc.
(619) 563-1433
10320 Friars Rd
San Diego, CA
Products / Services
Annuals, Arbors / Arches, Arrangement Accessories, Benches / Chairs / Tables, Bird Baths, Bird Feeders, Bulbs, Ceramic, Terra Cotta & Stone Containers, Chemicals, Conifers / Evergreens, Container Gardening, Containers - Decorative, Crop Protection, Decorative Planters & Urns, Fertilizers, Flower Seed, Fountains - Decorative, Furniture / Structures, Garden Center Marketing, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Garden Ornaments, Gardening Tools, Gardening Gloves, Gardening Supplies, Gift Certificates, …

Data Provided by:
Urban Plantations
(619) 563-5771
North Park
San Diego, CA

Data Provided by:
Walter Andersen Nursery
(858) 513-4900
12755 Danielson Court
Poway, CA
Products / Services
Annuals, Aquatics, Arrangement Accessories, Bulbs, Cactus / Succulent, Chemicals, Collectables & Figurines, Consulting Services, Containers, Educational Books & Tapes, Fall Decorations, Ferns, Fertilizers, Fungicides, Garden Center Marketing, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Garden Ornaments, Gardening Supplies, Gifts & Accents, Giftware, Groundcovers, Halloween Decorations, Hand Tools, Herbs, Holiday Items, Home Furnishings, Horticultural Programs, Horticulture Companies, Horticulture Consulting,…

Data Provided by:
Innovative Growing Solutions
(858) 578-4477
7922 Miramar Rd
San Diego, CA
Products / Services
Annuals

Data Provided by:
Data Provided by:

Birds

Many birds are friends to the gardener, as they feast on harmful insects and weed seeds. But when they feast on our crops, we categorize them as pests. Blackbirds, starlings, and even robins have been known to pull up tasty corn seedlings, munch on ripening cherries, peaches, and blueberries, and even dig holes in lawns looking for insects. The amount of damage will vary depending on the weather and native food supply that year. In dry years birds will attack many different fruits and vegetables, such as tomatoes and melons, for both food and moisture. For the birds, the timing couldn't be better. As gardeners are planting their crops and nurturing them to ripeness, these birds are raising their young, and need a handy food source. Flocks of birds can quickly decimate an entire berry patch or grain field, while individual birds can be very aggressive and determined to attack a particular crop.

Control

Any scare device will work for a few days, but birds are smart and will soon get used to it. Some effective visual scare methods include hanging aluminum pie tins, reflective Mylar tape, or large scare eye balloons (that mimic the scary eyes of predator birds). Noisemakers, such as radios or intermittent canon exploders, are also useful. Commercial bird repellents and homemade hot pepper spray applied to favored fruits are effective, too. However, the best way to control bird damage is through exclusion. Bird netting protects tree fruit and berries if installed 2 to 3 weeks before fruit mature. You can also cover maturing corn ears with paper bags, and lay floating row covers over germinating seedlings to foil the birds.

Images�2002, courtesy of www.arttoday.com

Click here to read more from Garden.org