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what do I do to avoid the bird poop? We have a huge tree that attracts a lot of birds and they poop all over the place. And we haven't been able to get the poop out of our clothes.

Any suggestions on how to do a clothesline in a heavily targeted bird poop area?

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I don't know. How long is your clothesline? Could you stretch a piece of canvas above the area like a tent - something rigged up easily so you could take it down if you wanted too?
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I don't know. How long is your clothesline? Could you stretch a piece of canvas above the area like a tent - something rigged up easily so you could take it down if you wanted too?
Yeah, that's the only thing I think we could do that would work. But goodness knows when we'll get around to hunting down the canvas and putting it up.

Sometime after DD finally starts STTN.

I do air dry a lot of stuff b/c it can't go in the dryer but I'd like to do more and need to be outside due to space limitations.

Or maybe, I just do towels outside and if they get pooped on, oh well? I dunno.

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Maybe you don't do a clothesline? What about using a folding wooden clothes dryer right next to your house? Unless of course the birds bomb the walls of your house too
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Do you have a covered patio? My main clothesline is strung under my patio to avoid the birds and fading dark clothes in the sun. I do have another one that stretches from the patio post to our garage when things need to be in the sun.

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you can move it or trim the tree back. I was also thinking some wooden racks so you can just put them where you want.

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I have no idea if this would work, but I am wondering about putting a bird feeder somewhere kinda close, but away from the line. Like maybe in a tree a few trees over? Maybe to divert them?

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My clothesline is under a big tree full of poopy birds too, so I feel your pain. LOL!

Our clothesline is one of those old-fashioned T-post kinds with five wire lines. So I don't know if this would work for you, but my (cheap!) solution was to clothespin two old twin flat sheets over the whole thing like a canopy. I pinned them to the two outer lines and use the three inner lines for the laundry. I hope that makes sense how I described it.

I've been really pleased with it. No more poop on my laundry! And the side benefit is that it keeps the dark laundry from getting sun faded. I haven't bothered to wash the sheets turned canopy yet, but I suppose I'll do it every once in a while. The nice thing is the T-posts are quite tall so I can stand up fully under the canopy.

Could you possibly hang three lines in your yard, then hang an old sheet on the outer lines and use the inner line for your laundry? Just hang your lines pretty high so you can stand under the canopy.

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I think a canopy is a good idea. I'll have to see if DH can build it for me.

I don't know if a bird feeder would divert them or not. We have a ton of cardinals and robins, more than I've seen in a long time. We might just end up with more birds.

And the tree is like 50-60 feet tall and 13' around in our dinky suburban backyard so, not exactly a candidate for a quick trim.

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Pie plates hung in the tree near your clothesline will startle them.
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If you have a rotary style line (the kind on a central pole), can you move it?

I like the idea of putting a bird feeder on the opposite side of the yard from the clothes line too! We did something like that when dd1's play area was being poop-bombed... we hung a bird feeder on "her" tree and gradually over a week moved the feeder all the way across the lawn. The birds followed it and seem happy sitting in their "new" feeder full tree.

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