Are The Geese Destroying My Lawn? - Landscaping & Lawn Care - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum


Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Landscaping & Lawn Care

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-06-2009, 01:45 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 148
Rewards Points: 75
Default

are the geese destroying my lawn?


This winter for the first time (NJ) geese are camping out on my lawn by the dozens. January snowed alot and alot of the grass is covered, my front yard seems to melt faster because of its slope and every day DOZENS of geese squat on my lawn. I understand they are looking for grass to squat on, but i think they are eating my grass too. I often see them pecking deep down into the lawn.

After about 5 years i finally got my lawn perfect (no grubs, no thatch, no fungus) and was looking forward to beautiful 2009 and now i think they're destroying my lawn. so my question is, besides the hundreds of bird droppings, are they damaging my lawn? Secondly how can i keep them off without the usual suggestions. (dog, fence, dog decoy is $60!, sprays won't work because of snow..etc).

i'm not against mother nature, i just don't want the damage. thanks!

Advertisement

windowguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2009, 02:41 PM   #2
Master General ReEngineer
 
Bondo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Chaumont River, Ny.
Posts: 3,833
Rewards Points: 2,300
Default

are the geese destroying my lawn?


Quote:
besides the hundreds of bird droppings, are they damaging my lawn?
Ayuh,...

I'm sure the droppings are doing Damage,...
I believe they're also digging for any greenry they can find as well...

Advertisement

Bondo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2009, 04:35 PM   #3
typing left handed
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Midwest US
Posts: 36
Rewards Points: 25
Default

are the geese destroying my lawn?


Hi...there is lots of information on managing the geese ...just do a google search

http://www.asphodelnorwood.com/Manag...da%20Geese.pdf

Ive had many customers that lived by the subdivsion ponds/lakes and the geese were there everyday, and the "poop" was the worst part of it...more messy than anything, for the most part they didnt do too much damage, and most of them leave after nesting time is over.
In your case if they havent been there on a seasonal regular pattern and youre not right by water they most likely wont stay, all the snow has forced them to find feeding spots, but Im sure you can find more accurate information on-line since its become a "problem" in many areas.
jmb324 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2009, 04:42 PM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: South of Boston, MA
Posts: 17,248
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

are the geese destroying my lawn?


Plenty of info on the web:

Quote:
Finally, the Canada
geese's droppings pose various health and physical hazards to
humans. Goose manure is very slick and can contribute to broken
ankles and other serious injuries if stepped on. But it also
breeds the bacterium E. Coli, which promotes flulike symptoms in
humans.
But appeals to remove the Canada goose from the
list of protected species have been denied. Persons who kill
Canada geese without permission are still charged as felons; such
is what happened to employees of a Williamsburg, Virginia golf
course, who killed 39 geese with poisoned birdseed and were fined
several thousands of dollars.
Scuba_Dave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2009, 05:02 PM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 148
Rewards Points: 75
Default

are the geese destroying my lawn?


i've done tons of web surfing, never really found the answer to what they were doing to my lawn though. Are they eating grass? bugs in the grass? If they really aren't doing any damage i will just leave them alone.

Yes, the poop is gross and embaressing when i have guests over. And this is the first season it has happened because its the first time in a long while in NJ we have had steady snow covering most of the grassy areas they used to hang out in. I know they will leave with warmer weather, its the damage now i'm concerned about.
windowguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2009, 06:27 PM   #6
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: NY lower Hudson Valley
Posts: 217
Rewards Points: 164
Default

are the geese destroying my lawn?


but they are not harming the lawn as they do not eat the roots. All they eat is grass and when you look at a dried poop, you will see it is just hay. It will help fertilize the lawn just like leaving the grass clippings will. Our property is waterfront and we have shared it with the geese for forty years.
Relax and do not worry.. Spring will be here soon.
zircon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2009, 06:57 PM   #7
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: South of Boston, MA
Posts: 17,248
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

are the geese destroying my lawn?


Quote:
Originally Posted by zircon View Post
Relax and do not worry.. Spring will be here soon.
Don't think so.....

Quote:
goose fecal matter has been linked to the spread of diseases and bacterial infections(CDC

Quote:
U.S. Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife Craig Manson reports that the birds have caused numerous fatal airplane crashes; public beaches in several States have been closed due to excessive fecal coliform levels traced to the geese; and that aggressive geese have bitten and injured people while nesting and brood-rearing. Many farmers and homeowners tell horror stories of crops and lawns eaten away and ponds and yards filled with potentially virulent poop. A pound of poop per day per goose. Count yer geese and do the math!

Last edited by Scuba_Dave; 02-06-2009 at 06:59 PM.
Scuba_Dave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2009, 07:23 PM   #8
the Musigician
 
DangerMouse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: I'm right here!
Posts: 10,404
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

are the geese destroying my lawn?


so throw a string of firecrackers out there, and if one has a heart attack and dies, you get supper too!

DM
__________________
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]Click here to see some of my original magic tricks and trick boxes!
DangerMouse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2009, 04:28 AM   #9
paper hanger and painter
 
chrisn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Hagerstown MD
Posts: 6,867
Rewards Points: 2,242
Default

are the geese destroying my lawn?


so throw a string of firecrackers out there, and if one has a heart attack and dies, you get supper too!
chrisn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2009, 10:46 PM   #10
Newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Gaylord MI
Posts: 20
Rewards Points: 10
Default

are the geese destroying my lawn?


I used to use a paint ball gun. If you have a place to dump them use a .22 cal sub sonic not much louder than a BB gun I use it on varments around the yard so I don't bother neighbors.
drzjoint is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2009, 11:22 PM   #11
Member
 
concretemasonry's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota - Latitude 45.057 Longitude -93.074
Posts: 3,829
Rewards Points: 2,146
Default

are the geese destroying my lawn?


Put out a couple of plastic swans to scare the geese away. This is commonly done at golf courses, but the geese can walk a long ways to be on the green and confront people.

If that does not work, grab a putter and club them. - Make sure your state does have them then on the protected list, since you only defense will be citing the classic case where a golfer was acquited on the murder charge because of self-defense.

They can be very nasty and dangerous at times!!!

Dick
concretemasonry is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2009, 08:01 PM   #12
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 58
Rewards Points: 75
Default

are the geese destroying my lawn?


OK Geese are migratory and Federally protected. Don't shoot or smack them. If you get caught it's $25K per bird. They are eating your yard. You need a dog. Preferably one with a lot of energy. They will leave but the dog is the only thing that works. Trust me on this I used to be the turf manager for 7 golf courses.
Dugger52 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2009, 08:15 PM   #13
the Musigician
 
DangerMouse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: I'm right here!
Posts: 10,404
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

are the geese destroying my lawn?


a border collie..... or firecrackers...

DM
__________________
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]Click here to see some of my original magic tricks and trick boxes!
DangerMouse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2009, 08:24 PM   #14
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 204
Rewards Points: 150
Default

are the geese destroying my lawn?


Geese are terrified of GREEN laser pointers! $10 on ebay, lots of fun too
johnnyboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2009, 08:26 PM   #15
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 58
Rewards Points: 75
Default

are the geese destroying my lawn?


Firecrakers won't work they get used to them. I had a "bang gun" and they got used to that. Dog is the solution. Australian shepard is probably the best.

Advertisement

Dugger52 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Solar Charged Brushless Lawn Mower Educator Electrical 2 04-20-2008 01:43 PM
Why can't I grow a proper lawn? joeyboy Landscaping & Lawn Care 7 11-21-2007 12:36 PM
Is my lawn even worth tilling? joeyboy Landscaping & Lawn Care 5 08-01-2007 10:11 PM
Help with SHOT lawn nsb318 Landscaping & Lawn Care 4 05-09-2007 11:10 PM
My lawn needs major help! J187 Landscaping & Lawn Care 2 08-06-2006 09:13 AM




Top of Page | View New Posts