Cheap items that will naturally deter pigeons from your garden

Pigeons can be a nuisance in the garden
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Pigeons, infamous for their attraction to seeds, grains and plants, can transform your garden into a snack stop, but there are some straightforward methods to repel them. These creatures might ruin your cherished garden or leave a mess on your rooftop, but Dr Liessa Bowen from Epic Gardening suggests using common household items like shiny pie tins to naturally discourage them.

According to her, "Pie tins are cheap, shiny, and can be easily hung in trees. Hang several in your fruit trees or along fences where they can gently twirl in the breeze."

If these metallic discs collide subtly, it will produce not only flashes of light and motion but an unassertive clinking sound that could potentially scare off these winged troublemakers.

The random sparkles resulting from sunlight reflection on these pie tins might intimidate or disorient the pigeons. Moreover, the combination of noise and movement generated by the hanging pie tin is likely to keep them away.

It's well known that birds, being wary of unfamiliar sounds and sights, perceive them as possible dangers, reports the Mirror.

Dr Bowen explained: "Pie tins can be quite effective to deter birds from browsing in your fruit trees, but they work best when you can hang many of them. A single pie tin may not have much effect on a flock of hungry birds. But 10 pie tins twirling around will probably cause the birds to think twice before settling in your trees."

He went on to suggest using unwanted CDs or DVDs as another option for pigeon deterrent. The doctor noted: "The CDs will gently turn in the breeze and provide both movement and flashes of light. This would be a quick, easy, and free (if you have unwanted CDs lying around) method to help deter birds."

Also, Dr Bowen mentioned that shiny ribbons billowing in the wind could serve the same purpose, with special bird-deterrent versions available for those without spare material at home. In his words: "One benefit of using shiny ribbons is that they are easy to install. You won't need any sort of special post or hanger to mount some ribbons. Simply tie them to your fruit trees, garden fences, tomato cages, stakes, or poles that are near the plants needing protection."

This is just one method to deter pigeons, but it's important to remember that birds are intelligent and adaptable, so a combination of strategies might be necessary for the best outcome in your garden. Dr Bowen advised: "There are many ways to deter birds from munching on your plants, but these techniques may not work equally well for all situations. You may need to get creative, stay attentive, and perhaps combine a few different scare tactics for the best results."

Other tactics to keep birds away include planting white flowers in your garden or employing auditory deterrents such as wind chimes or ultrasonic bird-repellents, which can effectively discourage pigeons from settling in your garden for good.