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weeds from wild bird seed

Keep in mind that the birdseed won’t grow weeds in your yard if it doesn’t reach the ground. Putting a tray under your bird feeder to catch overflowing seeds can prevent the problem of weed growth. Although birds may be messy eaters, squirrels are sometimes a bigger problem. If you notice squirrels scattering seeds in your yard, consider another type of feeder that will prevent the squirrels from accessing the seeds.

If you’re inviting flocks of birds to visit your yard by enticing them with birdseed, you may also be inviting weeds. When seed falls from the feeder to the ground there is potential for germination. This is not a problem with all types of bird food. By being a conscientious shopper you can enjoy the birds while avoiding additional weed growth.

All weeds are annoying, but some packages of birdseed have been identified as having numerous varieties of invasive weed seeds. When these seeds are scattered from a feeder and spread in the yard, they can quickly become a maintenance nightmare. To avoid purchasing bird seed containing noxious weeds, read the label or contact the seed manufacturer and find out what was done to ensure the contents are not invasive weed seeds. Birdseed that contains a lot of filler seed such as red millet may result in more weed growth because birds do not tend to like this type of seed. Instead of eating the filler, they push it aside and cause more to drop to the ground as they search for the seed they desire. Know what types of birdseed you are buying in a mix and if it is desirable to the birds you intend to attract.


When seeds are baked, they lose the ability to germinate. Some birdseed manufacturers sell baked birdseed. This type of seed will not cause weeds to grow in your yard but will still attract birds. Other types of bird food, such as sunflowers hearts, peanut butter, raisins, mealworm and suet cakes, will not sprout if scattered about your yard by messy eaters.

Weeds are going to be an issue in any garden. Regularly monitoring your yard will give you an idea of what maintenance needs to be done. By doing this you can see where weeds are popping up and remove them before they flower and spread to other areas of the yard. They are also much easier to remove when they are small.

Zamzows No Sprout Wild Bird Feed contains sterilized seeds. This means that they have been heated before packaging to kill the seed and keep it from germinating. If they fall on the ground they will not sprout into unwanted weeds.

Fresh birdseed creates weeds just as much as old seed, but the birds are more likely to eat the fresh over the old. This means that fewer seeds will land on the ground and grow into unwanted weeds. Ideally, you would feed out all the seed in a bag during the same season you purchased it.

Feed Zamzows No Sprout

Nyjer plant seed does not germinate and sprout in your lawn because the USDA requires imported Nyjer seed for birds to be sterilized for 15 minutes at 120˚ C (248˚ F) to sterilize the seeds. Nyjer is a favorite in the Treasure Valley because it attracts goldfinches and house finches.

Almost all bird feed is seed, and seeds, by their very nature, sprout. In a different location, wild birdseed might grow up to be a wanted plant. But in our yards or gardens, we see sprouted birdseed as a weed. So, how do you keep wild birdseed from sprouting and turning into weeds? Here are a few tips…

Sometimes people don’t pay attention to the type of seed their feeder is made to hold and this means too much of the seed ends up on the ground. Be sure to use the recommended seed for the feeders you have, or consider replacing your feeders to fit the seed your local birds like.