Sunday, May 04, 2008

Tools of the trade. We all have them and use them for every day tasks such as for cooking, housecleaning, and laundry. We also have them for hobbies like quilting, knitting, drawing, painting, and gardening. The list could go on and on.
These are tools I use for pest control. The pests - birds in my garden. This Mylar ribbon is sold specifically for this purpose. I staple it on the fence and tie it on branches or plant stakes.The ribbon blows in the breeze and makes a noise as it rubs against itself that sounds like a predator to the birds. It also catches the sunlight which is somehow upsetting.Some things are not specifically marketed for this purpose. But they work just dandy and are a lot of fun to use. I keep this filled daily to deter birds from becoming too comfortable here. I have been known to pump a blast of water right through the window screen. Hubby says it takes care of two jobs at one time: scaring away the birds and keeping the screens clean. Little kids would get a huge kick out of that, wouldn't they.
Here's the back fence after ribbon has been installed all along. You can make the picture larger to see the ribbons more clearly. Right now I am most concerned for the apricots that are weeks away from being ripe enough for humans and the sunflower seeds that I would like to put in the ground this week.
When I have not been outside protecting the garden, I've been working diligently on the 'Secret Deadline Project.' I've almost completed all of the applique and the pieced border sections are assembled. Soon I'll be putting the top together and I can start hand quilting. I'm not yet relaxed, but I feel as if I might get done on time.

28 comments:

Chocolate Cat said...

The 'super soaker' looks like lots of fun!

kjquilts said...

You have a beautiful backyard! I might have to get one of those water guns for my husband who really dislikes squirrels (they get in our attic)!

Katie said...

Good hunting! LOL
I hang trails of plastic ribbon on my porch in FL to try to keep the squirels off. Your type sounds like it would work better but I'm not sure how my neighbors would like the noise.

Stephanie said...

Ooo, I need a super-soaker for the squirrels who climb onto the bird feeder!

And I love the yard!

Mar said...

I use a squirt when I feed a friends parrots. They work very well! But your backyard looks so inviting and apricots, omy, you feed them well too! *vbg*

Karen said...

When I plant sunflower seeds, I have to lay landscape fabric over the area and weigh it down with stones.

Knot Garden said...

Sounds like a good way to deter the birds and keep them away from the fruit!

Stina said...

Bet you are a very good shot...;D It made me laugh...started to think of my mum who uses crackers and fireworks to keep the dogs on the property...Ohhh my...that is a sight...*LOL*...all I can tell they do come home...;D

anne bebbington said...

Water soakers are a great deterrent for naughty cats who only come to visit to poo in newly tilled borders - discourages them but doesn't hurt them

Bren said...

I am loving the visual of you spraying the birds from inside the house! Zach would love that! Your ribbon is a great idea too.
I am anxious to see your secret project!

Julia said...

I am having a good giggle picturing you giving the birds a good squirt! Thanks for sharing! I can't wait to see the finished quilt that you keep teasing us with.

Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

I need one of the super soakers for squirrels on my bird feeders. They can empty them out in ten minutes here. There are about a million squirrels in my town, I swear.

Julie said...

My DH is going to the local hardware store today to check into deer fencing! Even a blast from the hose doesn't work on them! The squirrels are almost as destructive. Your garden is looking lovely. I'm going to put up a scarecrow lady like yours. Maybe it will help discourage the darn deer!

Catherine said...

The idea of you shooting the super soaker at the birds through the screens had me laughing out loud.

KCQuilter said...

What clever nonviolent ways you have of deterring pesky garden visitors! I may have to purchase a super soaker for those dadblame groundhogs that love to feast on my tomato plants!!!

Judy said...

Poor birds...maybe if they have seed to eat they won't want apricots. We had a cherry tree that was covered one day and we were waiting patiently for just a few more days...next morning it was EMPTY!

Wendy said...

The ribbon adds a vibrate colour to the garden. Good luck with protecting your garden.

Quilts And Pieces said...

You and this secret project......

Carin said...

the super soaker works well for kids and cats too! :O)

lappquri said...

Hello
I hope you will have a creative week:-)
Wonderful blogg
Husg from Norway

LBP said...

I like your red ribbon! I have used old cassette tape ribbon and hung them on my garden fence before we had the electric one installed.

I may have to give that "super soaker" a try!

Blessings

Linda

Valerie said...

ROTFL** Wonder what the neighbors say when they see you shooting birds with the super soaker through the window screen??? LOL* What a cute post, and I'm glad to learn about the ribbon too! :)

Rabbit Stitchings said...

The mylar ribbon is such a great idea! I am going to tell my Mom about that. They have a pecan orchard and the crows carry off tons of pecans. I think that might be a great thing for them to string along the trees!

Janet said...

Hi Libby: What a lovely garden - and so far advanced. I have only just uncovered my columbines and am thinking about perhaps sowing some seed soon. We still, however, could easily have frost!
Also love that mini 9 patch you showed in a recent post!!
Janet in Nova Scotia

Nines said...

Never heard of that mylar ribbon. Living in the middle of a field that's hundreds of acres square, we rarely have a problem with pesky critters in the garden, but my Da... now that poor fellow has a full-time job keeping the fruits of his labors his! Thanks for the tips. And congrats on the lovely little quilts! Must be quite a thrill to get something like that in the mail!

gwen said...

My son would go crazy if he had such a water gun! The main ennemies in your garden are slugs, slugs and sometimes slugs. I just hate them! Fortunately it seems that a hedgehog moved in so this year there are less slugs!
You are very lucky to have received the beautiful doll quilts.
Take care.

Karen said...

Oh, the water gun looks like a super idea.
I think the neighbors across the lake from us must be using the ribbons. They have something on their screen over their pool area that reflects the sunlight and blows in the wind. We figured it was to keep the birds off the screens. We get some pretty big birds in our neighborhood like the sandhill cranes, big herons, etc. They sometimes like to walk across the screens.
I want to know what that secret project is!

Finn said...

What a fun post Libby! Indeed, we do ALL have some sort of tools or another.
In checking out the enlarged ribbons picture, I have to compliment you on how gorgeous your back yard is *VBS* Looks like a little bit of heaven right there in CA! And it was sunny for the picture! Marvelous! Everything looks just delightful.
Great use of our modern gadgets! Hugs and high hopes for a happy apricot harvest, Finn