The Garden Community for Garden Lovers

Edinburgh, Scotland Sco

Driven to distraction!
Help, I sowed some grass seed today and went to the bother of stringing the area and tying torn plastic bags to the strings to deter the birds. Unfortunately the cats seem to think it's all a game and have spent the afternoon jumping all over the strings and messing up all my hard work.
My question is, the seed I bought is coated with 'stuff' that is supposed be nutritious for the seed. Does this coating make the seed unappealing to the birds, therefore I could do away with the strings, or will the birds eat it anyway. I've filled all the feeders to the gunnels and scattered sunflower hearts and mealworms for the ground feeders at the other end of the garden to distract them too.
Any suggestions please?



Im going to do the same in the next few days Scottish, didn't think of cats! not mine but the local moggies lol. Ill have to get my thinking cap on! sorry im not much help..

22 Apr, 2014


Can't think of a solution Scottish but thank you for making me laugh - its just the sort of thing our cat would do.

22 Apr, 2014


Hi. Angie, I seeded a 2m square with grass seed, last October, although the birds did seem to be on it most days, once germinated they don't touch it and it didn't deter from the end result. I spread it a little more per square meter than recommended. Rake it lightly and keep it moist, using a watering can with a fine rose on it. The other thing I have heard people do is, mix the seed and some slightly moist soil for a couple of days, in a bucket, then just as you start to see the grass seed germinating, rake it over the required area. A lot depends of course on the area that you are seeding. Hope this helps.

22 Apr, 2014


Thanks all for your comments.
YDD, it's my own cats have been the worse offenders! It's not so bad this morning as there is not much wind. Maybe the novelty has worn off
Stera, glad to make you laugh :)
Alan, Ill see how it goes and if I've any patching up to do I might try that idea.
Snoop, I was going to use net originally but decided string was better, Ill rig something up and see how it goes.

23 Apr, 2014

How do I say thanks?

Answer question


Not found an answer?