Normally we love birds, but birds also love weed plants. And we are not at all fond of that (understatement!). Read this blog completely, because we have many tips on how you can prevent birds from stealing your precious seeds or eating your harvest.
Birds and Your Cannabis Garden
Then there are also our winged friends; the birds. Yes, threats to your plants can come from above and not always from the ground. It is very annoying if you have spent a lot of time in a beautiful garden of cannabis and a flock of birds discovers it. Don't get us wrong, we love birds, they are beautiful animals. But it would be nice if they would leave our gardens alone! Of course, the birds can't help it, they are just looking for food - and a cannabis plant has a lot to offer. A flock of birds can do a lot of damage to your cannabis garden.
Protecting Your Cannabis Garden from Birds
There are many ways to ensure that birds do not eat your entire garden. It is also true that birds also do good things for your garden. If birds visit your grow garden, it can also be positive. How? Well, they like to eat insects, and insects can be a threat to your plants. So the more insects that are eaten by the birds, the less the chance that insects will attack your plants.
On the other hand, feathered animals can also do enormous damage. They enjoy eating the seeds of cannabis plants. You need to put some precautions into action to protect your grow space from birds.
Protect Your Plants
If you live in a place where growing marijuana is illegal, you will be growing in an area that is remote. This can make it difficult to protect your space. This is especially true if you are trying to keep your grow area a secret.
Insect and Bird Barrier
Bird and insect nets can be great for keeping birds away from your plants. Also, there are larger metal cages that can be purchased and placed around your plants. Keep in mind that you will lose the advantage of the birds eating insects. You will need to learn how to properly get rid of pests. This is more appropriate for areas where it is legal to grow cannabis.
Grow Your Cannabis Among Other Plants
You can try growing your cannabis plants among plants that the birds in your area prefer over marijuana. You will need to do research on this. Basically, you are trying to distract the birds away from your crop. This is not a great solution, but it could help. This leads us to the next one.
Set up bird feeders in the area of your cannabis grow, but far enough away that it will draw the birds away from your grow area. This can be an effective way of deterring them from pecking at your plants looking for seeds. *** Be aware that this can get expensive because you will need to fill the feeders regularly. Also, other animals will try to get at the seeds. ***
You can hang reflective material from the branches of plants near your crop. You can also hang it directly on your crop. Mt neighbor hangs CDs all throughout their food garden using fishing line (I wouldn’t put fishing line directly on your cannabis plants). They do this to keep the birds away. You can use aluminum foil, CDs, baking tins, or anything that is light and reflective.
The picture of a farm in the middle of America comes to mind. A scarecrow is low-tech but can be effective. Just remember that the birds will get used to it eventually, so move it around. It is not the best solution, but combined with others it can help.
Other animal threats
Insects are also a complicated threat because there are many different species that live outside, and many of them really like your plants. We have a guide on how to handle insect pests in your garden on our blog.
There may also be problems with the growing medium or the soil in which you grow. You will not be the first outdoor grower to find molehills in his garden. Moles love everything that grows in vegetable gardens, including your beloved cannabis plant.
Not all birds pose a threat to your weed plants. After all, not all birds are the same and they are not all looking for the same food. However, it is a common problem with growing cannabis. Some birds will destroy the whole plant. It is also a potential problem that the birds can destroy the whole plant and destroy the crop for next year.
If you do not grow from seed, you may be able to sidestep the issue of birds completely. In this case, birds are not as much of a problem. If you do decide to grow outside, then birds could be an issue. The points listed above should help you to mitigate the issue of having birds destroy your cannabis crops.