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Use of scaffolding debris netting to protect seeded lawn from birds

mawallace44mawallace44 Posts: 55
edited August 2020 in Tools and techniques
going to overseed lawn in September and worried about birds eating the  seed.

I've seen scaffolding debris netting suggested.  Has anyone used this for this purpose. 
Any other suggestions 


  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,941
    Depends on the size you are working with.  You'd need to have it suspended up several feet off the surface, anchored tightly at the edges.  You would probably need to remove it each time you water, otherwise the water will just run along and drip at the lowest point.. while not reaching other areas sufficiently.  Can you take it off/on without stepping on the grass?  

    My dad always put down a thin layers of straw after seeding a new area, to retain moisture and keep off birds.  The grass just grew up through the straw, and after it was ready to mow a few times most of the straw disappeared.  
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  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 28,846
    Or you could just use extra seed - one for grass and one for the birds is a good rule of thumb.
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  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,334
    The birds never really bothered with mine, but it was sown in summer.  I still used netting to keep ruddy cats off it, and just had it raised enough to keep it clear. I used a gauge of about half an inch.
    I'm not sure of the sizing of debris netting, but all it needs to be is big enough to stop birds getting in and getting stuck, and being a bit clear of the ground so that it can't be reached. A bit extra seed too, as @Obelixx says, is always a good move.
    I didn't have to water mine, and the rain had no problem getting through it. I can't see that it would have been a problem if I'd needed a hose.
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  • LynLyn Posts: 21,397
    I made a big walk in cage over brassicas with it, to keep butterfly’s off, you can water through it,  but not sure about on the lawn though. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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