Our first summer in residence at the lake seemed like a dream come true. Feeling as if on vacation, the only issues we could foresee were days of extreme wind. After strategically placing the bird feeders and lawn decorations so they’d remain intact, all seemed well and good at our cozy, lakefront cottage.
When the Canadian Geese began parading along the lakeshore with their goslings, we were thrilled to witness nature from the privacy of our own home. Seeing the little fuzzballs swimming all in a row between their parents and making the big hop up onto the seawall was simply adorable! And as they waddled in from shore to find a nice place to snack, we felt lucky that we didn’t have to go anywhere else to see them.
In those early days, I had no idea how much I would grow to hate those geese with their goslings, and it didn’t take long to realize which lawn along our shoreline they preferred most.
By the middle of July, the cute little fuzzballs had grown into obnoxious teenagers that wreaked havoc on my lawn throughout the day while we were gone. Furthermore, what started out as one or two goose families turned into nearly 100 grass grazers lounging in our yard as if at an all-inclusive, Canadian Goose resort!!! And I have complained about the great green gobs of goose poop defiling my lawn, ever since.
It was August 2nd, 2019 when I started this blog with, “Get the Flock Off My Lawn!” followed by:
After financing this Great Goose Crusade for the last two years with innovative goose deterrents ranging from cheap to steep, it seems that a simple, yet easy fix has single-handedly kept my nemesis at bay!
It is such an easy fix, that I must apologize to the person who had mentioned it from the start as I didn’t really expect it to work. But it does work, and I’m to the moon-and-back, thrilled that I won’t be cleaning up 5+ buckets of goose poop from the lawn every evening!
Oh, how I wish I had listened and at least tried this fix right away, but it wasn’t until this spring that I had to discover another way.
Watching small groups of geese flying over Houghton Lake as they headed to the flats, I thought we had plenty of time to get the hoses hooked up. Wouldn’t it warm a little more before seeing the yellow fuzzballs with their mama’s and papa’s swimming along the shore?
Since frost freeze warnings have been lighting up the Alexa App on a daily basis, I couldn’t expect to use my beloved Yard Enforcers anytime soon.
When the first goose waddled its way onto our lawn to scope out the landscape, it seemed a figment of my imagination standing tall and foreboding on the corner of our lot. I swear he was picking his family's summer vacation home, thinking something like, “Mmmm-Mmmmm! Would you look at that green, green grass! Oh yeah… this will be a great place to raise the kids!”
As he made his way further into our property, my imagination conjured great hordes of black and white pooping machines to come... polluting my yard just like they had back in 2019.
“What am I going to do?!” I worried, looking through all the goose deterring items I already owned in hopes of coming up with a single line of defense that didn’t require a hose.
And then suddenly, that long ago offered tip surfaced like an unearthed gem.
The answer is fishing line! I just needed to find enough posts to run it along 150 feet of shoreline.
Luckily, my husband didn’t throw away the junky croquet set that I had asked him to trash last year. The mallets ended up making perfect stakes, pounding them into the grassy edge along the seawall (mallet side up), and stringing a low and mid-level barrier in between.
The first goose family arrived today, determinedly testing this simple barrier for weakness as my luscious, green lawn teased their tastebuds just inches away.
Back and forth they waddled along the seawall, eyeing the latest and greatest security system blocking access to their favorite northern get-away. It was as if those hammers of war pounded home the thought, “Get Away! Get Away!” because it wasn’t long before that pair of geese with their brood gave up and paddled away.
So far, so good! I’m hoping the fishing line keeps working until the weather warms up enough to get my sentries hooked up for the summer.
Have you found a goose deterrent that works? Let me know in the comments below.
Thanks for reading!