Why do Geese Hang out in My Yard?
There are a few reasons why geese might be sticking around, but almost all of them have to do with food.
- Ponds, lakes, and waterways provide a source of food as well as a safe place for geese to roam.
- Geese love eating tender young shoots of grass from a well kept lawn.
- If you or your neighbors are feeding geese, they’ll let their friends know that your lawn is the place to be.
- Geese are very wary of predators and prefer low ground that’s clear of shrubs and tall grasses.
How to Make Your Yard Goose-Free
- Visual deterrents such as decoy swans may discourage geese from approaching.
- Plant a “buffer garden” to provide a barrier of about 10-20 feet between your lawn and the water. Include tall native ornamental grasses and low shrubs that will naturally deter geese, who won’t want to be anywhere that predators could be hiding.
- Let your grass grow taller the closer you get to the water, like the buffer garden, the tall grass will make geese think twice before hanging around.
- Install a wire barrier about 6 inches off the ground to prevent geese from landing or walking there.
- Don’t feed them! It can be fun to feed the wildlife around your home, but feeding will encourage geese to stay and can also cause overpopulation.
- If you have a dog, let them frequent the area you want geese to avoid. Geese won’t want to stay if a dog is harassing them or their goslings. Herding breeds such as cattle dogs and shepherds will enjoy chasing them out, but be careful! Geese can be very protective of their flocks.