Bird Seed & Weeds

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Old 10-23-11, 01:52 PM
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Bird Seed & Weeds

I planted tall fescue in my rear yard last Spring and next Spring I would like to install a bird feeder. Can bird seed germinate and grow weeds?
 
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Old 10-23-11, 02:16 PM
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Buy good seed without weed seeds in it. Because those type of seeds are cheap, the good seed will cost more and be eaten faster.

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Old 10-23-11, 02:19 PM
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Not likely...compared to windborn and seeds carried in bird poop. I do know the mixes have a tendency to have more un-eaten stuff that can sprout.

Try to use a bird specific seed to prevent a lot of "kickout". For example, if you don't have birds that eat sunflower in your area, then don't use a mix with sunflower seed.

Matter of fact, you might consider bird specific feeders in different areas. Helps prevent the larger birds from blocking. Also more efficient to buy feeders designed for the right seed/bird.
 
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Old 10-23-11, 02:27 PM
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I've been feeding birds in my yard for 30 years. Not only bird feeders, but also ground feeding. I have not had a problem with weeds but I stay away from the bargain brands of bird seed.

You'll get lots more weed seed from bird droppings and wind blown seed.
 
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Thanks all,
I'll do a search for quality bird seed and then check the local nurserys & home centers to see if they carry quality bird seed.
 
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Yes, most bird seed will germinate and grow. "Weeds" is just up to your definition but I'd call sunflower & millet weeds if they are growing in my fescue yard. If it's an issue you can bake bird seed in the oven to kill the seeds but as mentioned the birds will be pooping seeds they acquired elsewhere so you're going to have something sprouting up no matter what you do.
 
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Old 10-24-11, 12:28 PM
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I found two feeders that I like. one has a baffle to keep squirrels away and the other has a removable grid that keeps them from using their paws to get at the seed but allows the birds to easily get to the seed. Both are platform feeders with a roof. I like and want to attract Cardinals and Bluejays and any other species that like sunflower seeds and millet I'll look for the sunflower type that is hulled.
My neighbor has a few feeders in his yard and a humming bird feeder which they enjoy watching them.
Maybe the weeds won't be an issue if I put down some weed preventer/killer occasionly.
My fertilizer has halts mixed with it and that should help.
 
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Old 11-15-11, 05:27 AM
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I already have a platform feeder set up. But I'll take a look at it in case this one does not work out. Thanks.
 
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