If you’ve been here for a while, you’ve seen me develop a love for gardening. That was definitely one of the things I was most excited about when we bought our house! My excitement started to fade a bit when I discovered that we have no shortage of critters here that love to mess with anything I plant. Seriously – beyond the rabbits and deer eating every thing in sight (which I kind of expected) we actually have voles that have taken to digging up my bulb and replanting them in different places. I kid you not! Every year we have tulips and daffodils popping up in the strangest places.
I had solved my deer and rabbit issues with the raised garden beds that Jay built me, but last summer brought a whole new issue I hadn’t encountered before – birds. I started noticing that my leafy green plants like spinach, romaine lettuce, and kale were getting stripped down to the stems while they were still in the beds. I was convinced it was some kind of insect, but it turned out to be birds! Then I started finding my cherry tomatoes strewn all over my patio. They weren’t eaten, just pecked and dropped to rot in the hot sun.
I was NOT pleased!! I work too hard growing veggies to have them wasted like that.
I tried a number of solutions. First I bought one of those plastic owls that hoots whenever it detects motion. While it succeeded in driving me nuts, it did nothing to scare the birds. I bought netting to put over the plants but it was always in the way when I was watering or wanting to pick some veggies for dinner. Finally, someone who had been having woodpecker issues recommended Scare Tape. I’m thrilled to be sharing De-Bird Scare Tape with all of you thanks to this sponsored partnership with them. (I have been using Scare Tape long before they reached out to me, so you know these options are all my own!)
Finally!! A solution that kept the birds away from my garden!
Scare Tape is a holographic tape that also makes a fairly loud rustling noise in the wind. I love it because Scare Tape doesn’t hurt the birds, it just keeps them away from areas where I don’t want them. I’m able to use it on the tomato cages on my patio and in the raised bed gardens and still have wide open access to my plants. Plus, it’s super affordable!
Want to see Scare Tape in action? Check out this video demonstration I made: