Experts and BHG readers answer.
How do I keep birds away from my grass seed?
Put an end to the bird smorgasbord on your developing lawn by spreading a light layer of straw over the seedbed. You need only about one bale of straw to cover 1,000 square feet of seedbed. Birds will have a tough time getting to the seed once it is covered, and the grass will grow right through the straw. If you apply a minimal layer of straw, it can stay on the lawn after the grass grows in.