Hungry birds will be after your garden if there is no deterrent in place. Strawberries and blueberries especially need protection from the nuisance fowl. Backyard berries should be enjoyed from early summer all the way through late fall. Homegrown fruits and vegetables are so rewarding and usually taste so much better than store bought. They can ripen on the vine and be picked an eaten right away. That is, unless the birds get to the goods before they can be picked.
Most gardeners have a plan before they start planting. Seeds or small plants are purchased. Fertilizer is purchased, and the decisions of when and where to plant is thought about. But often forgotten is the bird deterrent strategy that will keep the garden bird free. Big orchards, vineyards and many communal gardens have bird deterrents in place. The backyard gardener should as well.
Bird netting can humanely and safely prevent the pest birds from eating plants in the garden. The netting acts as a barrier between your plants and the birds. Blocking the birds from an area is not harmful, it is simply encouraging the pests to find another food source. Netting is the most effective way to keep birds out of an area.
Garden bird netting is made of light-weight plastic mesh, yet extremely strong, making for an easy installation. It comes in foot long bulk rolls of 14’ by 100’ and 14’ by 200’. The average scissor is used to cut the strip to the exact size and shape that is desired. There are three different mesh sizes. For small birds it is recommended you use the 1/4” mesh. For average size birds the ½” mesh would work. There is also a ¾” mesh size if your problem is with a large bird. The size you use depends solely on the bird that is wreaking havoc in your garden. Whether you are having problems with the smaller sparrow or the big nuisance crow you will be covered with the various mesh sizes
The netting is made of UV-protected polypropylene material that is specially designed to endure winter’s rain and the hot days of summer. It is environmentally friendly and made from FDA sanctioned resin. When installed correctly, it is practically invisible. It blends in very well with the plants, bushes and trees. Even the beginner backyard gardener can quickly install bird netting to protect tomato plants, berry plants and the whole garden.
The netting can be suspended over the entire garden area. This proves to be most effective. Place poles around the perimeter of the entire garden and then attach the netting to the poles and make sure the netting is suspended over the plants by at least 6 inches. This will stop the birds from sitting on the netting and eating the fruit beyond the mesh.
Netting will deter birds from other locations as well. Netting can be placed in the eaves of the home and then allowed to drape down. This keeps away woodpeckers and swallows from inhabiting that area. Netting is used year ‘round as well as seasonal. The netting can be used and reused. It is an environmentally and economical way to keep your garden and property bird free.