How to Protect Seeds from Pests

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There's No Shortage of Seed Starting Pests

You’ve planted your seeds, and now anxiously wait for them to sprout. Meanwhile, out in your garden, there’s no shortage of seed starting pests. A wide range of animals and pests are out in search of your garden seeds for their next meal. And, some of them are the same seed-loving backyard birds that we strive to attract to our yards.  So, let’s explore how to protect seeds from pests.

There is a wide range of pests that will find your newly sown seeds a delicious meal.

These freeloaders include:

Birds – They just love a variety of seeds. Spotting them in your newly planted garden, you suspect they are looking for worms in the freshly upturned soil. Perhaps, so. But, they could be looking for the seeds you just planted. More on how to control birds

Squirrels – They’ll steal seeds, especially large seeds, like beans and sunflowers. They also will dig up newly planted onion bulbs, then toss them to the side, as they search for a variety of flower bulbs. More on how to control squirrels.

Chipmunks – These rodents attack seeds from two Directions. They will dig down for seeds. And, they will tunnel under a row. How to Control Chipmunks

Mice – They will dig down for seeds, or tunnel under to reach them.

Moles – Generally, moles and voles tunnel underground. On occasion, they may be found on the ground in search of seeds.  How to control moles in the garden

How to Protect Garden Seeds from Pests

Immediately after planting, cover the row with a wide board, row covers, chicken wire fencing, or loosely bunched netting. Keep it covered for a few days, but less than the number of days to germination (see the seed packet)

This will guard against birds, squirrels, and chipmunks.

For plants that have already sprouted, try bird control pest netting. It keeps most pests out. More on Bird Control.

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