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Say ‘no, no, no’ to husk, growth and mess

August 3, 2015
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Ordinary bird seed, although cheaper, comes with the potential for growth of unrelenting and extraneous vegetation in your beloved garden. That once clean patch of fertile and verdant grass under your bird seed feeder is now home to an annoying clump of unwanted growth. Darn it!

However, there is a solution, and it's a rather neat and simple one. The basic idea is to prevent seed from germinating or, in effect, rendering it 'infertile'. Saying this, what the heck is germination? It's science time, so put on your lab coats and let's take a walk on the wild side of growth!

Germination 101

Germination occurs when a wild bird seed drops to the ground and the correct moist environment triggers a process known as imbibation, which essentially means 'to drink'. When seeds imbibe they become hydrated, and this in turn influences the seeds' metabolic activity so that more energy is generated for enlarging the cells.

Shortly after imbibation, the root will emerge from the seed casing. This means that the seed is a viable and active fellow, well on his way to becoming a fully-fledged nuisance in your garden. Add a sprinkling of photosynthesis, some carbon dioxide, sunshine and water, and there's no stopping him! Well, perhaps it's not so dramatic - we don't live in a John Wyndham novel.

Statistically speaking, there will be a number of seeds that are viable for germination in a batch of ordinary, untreated bird seed, though fortunately no Triffids or other human-eating flora.

No Grow Bird Seed

The idea behind ‘no grow’ bird seed is simple, and there are different methods of preventing seeds from germinating, without, of course, affecting the inherent nutritional value of the bird seed.

The main method is known as cracking. This is when the seeds are cracked, and thus by damaging the seeds’ mechanism for active growth, it’s not possible for those seeds to germinate.

These seeds, although cracked, still maintain all their nutritional integrity so your birds will get 100% of the goodness from the seeds.

No husk bird seed

The idea behind de-husking seeds is to prevent mess from occurring all over your garden. Birds have an automated response when they want to eat a seed, and that is to remove the husk.

When this occurs, there’s usually a shower of shells, and where do they go? That’s right, all over your garden. This unwanted waste can be prevented by buying a blend of no waste bird seed mix.

No Waste, No Grow Seed Mix

No Waste, No Grow Seed Mix

Official RSPB No Mess Seed Mix

RSPB No Mess Seed Mix

‘The One’ Classic Seed Feeder

The One Classic Seed Feeder is perfect to go with the no mess seed mixes

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