Less mess at the feeder
Stop seeds from falling out of bird feeders and you won’t have to clean up the mess below or worry about seedlings sprouting there. Simply make a hanging tray, like you see here, to catch the seeds that get kicked out while birds eat.
Use a box cutter to make four slits in the rim of a medium-sized plastic saucer. Next, loop a 4-inch zip tie through each opening and then link a large paperclip to each zip tie. This way, you can easily hook the tray to the bottom of the feeder and remove it before a storm, so it doesn’t fill with water.
The space between the feeder and hanging tray will let some birds fly in and eat the seed from the flat surface.