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Repurposed CDs = Get Rid of Critters & Beautiful Wind Spinner

Repurposed CDs = Get Rid of Critters & Beautiful Wind Spinner
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A couple years ago I was so disappointed – we had limited blooms on our apple tree because of a late winter storm. My tree produced a small amount of apples and of course every critter in the world was going to have them except me. The worst were the squirrels because they would climb it, eat a few bites, and then throw the rest on the ground for the rabbits to eat. I also had voles in my garden which ate my strawberries & tomatoes. I had to figure something out and this is what I tried. I put them up early this spring & so far – no critters plus they look pretty spinning in the sun outside.

You will need: Used CD’s Fish line Bells Large plant s hooks for trees Yard stakes for your garden

For my garden: I have 3 garden beds and I added 1 stake to each end of the middle bead (where my strawberries are and tomatoes go). I tied a loop of fishline to the cd and hung it on the stake. I made a second loop of line and added a bell.

For my apple tree: I tied 3 used cds together with fish line. I added a loop at the top and hooked it on a plant hanging s hook. On the bottom I added a bell.

The breeze (and it doesn’t have to have much of one) makes the cd’s spin and when the light hits them it makes a mirror effect. They look pretty spinning around. The bell also rings in the wind and should when something puts weight on a branch causing it to shake.

What I learned… it definitely does help as the animals don’t like the noise or movement.  They will get used to them though so I would move them once and a while to change it up and that seemed to help.  It wasn’t perfect but it made a huge difference.

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Comments (16)

  • My problem is birds in my cherry bush. I tried this on year and they got used to the cds hanging there

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    • Hi Pat, I totally understand what you are saying. I do know that the animals do get used to these over time, so I do go out and move them every once and awhile to “change it up” again.

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  • Great idea, Chas, and a good tip to move them occasionally!

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  • What a great idea to reuse cds! I might have to make this for my garden to scare away the crows.

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    • Thanks Jenny, I hope it helps you too. It has made a difference in my apple tree and garden the last couple years.

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  • We’ve used CD’s a few times in our gardens too and I just love how they spin and shine in the sun.

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  • We have done this with our old CD’s and it works great. Found you on Simple Homestead Blog Hop.

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  • I know my Dad has done a similar (but not so cute with the bell) idea in the past to keep birds off his fruit trees. He has a terrible rabbit problem too, I wonder if it would help with them? We have loads of old cd’s I could give him to put lower down.
    Worth a try by the sound of it anyway, thanks.

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    • Rabbits are such a pain and we have them too. I would guess these would scare them away in the beginning but then they’d also get used to them so he’d have to move them every once and a while to scare them a bit.

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  • I love this tip! Functional, repurposes those disks AND attractive! Thanks for sharing with Party in Your PJs!

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  • I love this idea! I didn’t think the squirrels would eat my flowers but they did. This is definitely worth a try. Thanks for joining us again at Celebrate Your Story, have a great weekend.

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    • Thanks Sandra, it has definitely helped me and I hope it helps you too. Just move them every once and a while to help keep them out.

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