We all have our ways of deterring pests from the garden—whether it be shavings of strong-smelling soap, streamers of metallic ribbon, noisy wind chimes, or even piles of human hair—but what about using a good, old-fashioned scarecrow? By definition, a scarecrow is “an object, usually in the shape of a man, made out of sticks and old clothes to scare birds away from crops.” Birds can do some damage to a freshly sown bed, but do scarecrows really work to deter them (take a minute to ponder it with this article)?
Assuming that we want to make a scarecrow that is effective and not just a nice venue on which the birds can perch, it should have some element of noise and movement. A lively fellow with moving arms, some shiny spangles on his jacket, and a clanking cow bell in his hand might do the trick. You get the idea—if we want to indeed scare the crows, we have to put forth a little effort. Scarecrows can’t be passive in their fight against pecking beaks in our strawberries and sunflowers.
Of course scarecrows can be purely decorative, and in that respect can take on many forms. Pinterest is a great source of inspiration, with scarecrows that are scary to sweet, realistic to ridiculous.
You must be wondering why we’re obsessed with scarecrows! Don’t worry, there’s a good reason. In anticipation of the PHS Fall Garden Festival on Saturday, September 21, we are conducting two scarecrow-related contests.
You can see your favorite 6abc Action News personality in scarecrow form—and enter to take one home with you. And, if you are feeling crafty, build your own scarecrow and enter it into our home-grown scarecrow competition. Details for both can be found here.