Bird feeding is a delightful hobby, allowing us to enjoy the beauty and songs of our feathered friends up close. However, one common issue many birding enthusiasts face is the growth of unwanted plants from bird seed that falls to the ground. This can lead to the bird seed sprouting and growing under feeders, causing messy and unsightly weeds in your garden. Fear not! We've got some great tips to help you stop bird seed from growing under your feeders, ensuring a clean and pleasant feeding area.

1. Use No Grow Seed Mixes

No grow bird seed mix is a type of bird feed specifically designed to prevent unwanted plant growth from spilt seeds. It contains seeds that have been processed to eliminate their ability to germinate. This is typically achieved by hulling and heat-treating.

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Our No Grow Seed Mix contains high-energy, nutritious ingredients like sunflower heart chips, peanut granules, and suet pellets.

2. Choose the Right Bird Seed

The type of bird seed you use can make a significant difference. Opt for high-quality, waste-free seed blends that contain no fillers like oats, or wheat, which birds often discard. These waste-free blends typically include:

These bird foods are less likely to grow and more likely to be eaten completely, reducing the amount that falls to the ground.

3. Attach a Tray to your bird feeders

Another great way to stop bird seed from growing under feeders is by attaching a tray to the bottom of your feeders to catch falling seeds. They come in various sizes and can be used on different feeders. Trays not only prevent seeds from reaching the ground but also provide a platform for ground-feeding birds to eat, minimising waste.

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The Ring-Pull and Flo Feeder Tray will attach to any Ring-pull Feeder or Flo Feeder.

4. Install a Bird Feeder with a Seed Catcher

Some bird feeders are designed with built-in seed catchers. These feeders have an extended base or a tray that catches any dropped seeds, making it easy to keep the area clean. Our Heavy Duty Bird Feeder range is a perfect example of this.

5. Attach a seed catcher tray to your feeding station

If you have a feeding station with multiple feeders, a feeding station tray will be more suited for the job. This is a larger tray that attaches to 1" garden poles or feeding stations that sit directly under the feeders but above the ground. This will catch the food from multiple feeders and allow birds a large space to perch while eating. Some trays even prevent squirrels from climbing the pole and eating all the food.

6. Switch to Suet Feeders

Suet treats attract various types of birds and don’t leave behind seeds that can sprout. This high-energy bird food is a great option, especially during the winter months when birds need more fat to stay warm.

7. Create a Dedicated Feeding Station

Set up a specific area for bird feeding with easy-to-clean surfaces and edges to contain the seed. This could be a patio or a specially designed bird feeding station with barriers to keep the seed from spreading.

8. Grow a Bird-Friendly Garden

If you enjoy gardening, consider planting bird-friendly plants that produce natural seeds and berries. This can reduce the need for feeders and provide a more natural food source for birds, eliminating the seed mess altogether.

9. Rotate Feeding Locations

Periodically moving your feeders can prevent seed accumulation and reduce the chance of any one area becoming overgrown with unwanted plants. It also allows different parts of your garden to recover and regrow.

Feeding birds is a wonderful way to connect with nature, and with a little effort, you can enjoy this hobby without the downside of unwanted plant growth. By choosing the right seeds, using appropriate feeders and trays, and maintaining cleanliness, you can keep your feeding area tidy and free of pesky weeds.