How can we plan for the ground we have underneath our current bird feeders such that bird seeds won't grow?
We currently have bird feeders setup in our lawn. These feeders attract: finches, Morning Doves, Cardinals, Blue Jays, and some squirrels. They are working great, but there is a large amount of feed that ends up on the ground. While most of it is eaten by the squirrels/doves/finches, it does end up causing plant life to grow from the seed that lands on the ground.
We'd like to be able to cover the ground in a way that would stop the growth of these plants from dropped seed. Preferably with a ground covering plant with a possible barrier put between the plants and the dirt.
- Seeds used for bird feeding won't germinate on the ground because birds fling them out of the feeders.
- Ability to have plants that will thrive even when seeds and birds might be above/on them.
- Low maintenance.
- We like to keep it more natural and use little to no artificial barriers, unless needed.
We are located in western Maryland, so we need something that can survive four seasons.
We are completely open to yielding some of our requirements (except #1) within reason. We've considered even putting a cement pad there, but that is not really keeping with a natural feel to our environment. We are not looking for someone to design it for us, but the questions we're asking is mostly, "How can we go about planing it? Are there some tips from experiences that would help here."