If you're like most people who love their gardens, you'll do whatever it takes to keep your plants alive and well. And while you also love birds, you know that too many birds can ruin your garden. Starlings and blackbirds, for example, can quickly eat your ripening vegetables.
Using noisemakers to scare birds or blasting them with a garden hose won't keep them away. Hanging old CDs on trees or fencing won't work either--birds just get used to them. And you really don't want to harm the little critters with bird poisons, pellet guns or other lethal deterrents. Besides, many birds are protected under the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which prohibits harming them, their nests or their young.
One humane, effective bird deterrent many have used is bird netting for gardens. And the netting recommended by the bird control experts at Bird-B-Gone is Ultra Net.
Bird Netting for Gardens Creates a Barrier Against Pest Birds
Protecting your garden plants with Ultra Net creates a bird barrier. It blocks bird pests, yet permits sunshine, fresh air and rainfall to nurture your plants. Gardening netting is strong, designed for outdoor use, and made of tough UV-protected polypropylene. Ultra Net comes in three different mesh sizes 2-inch, 1 1/8-inch and 3/4-inch to block out the full variety of pest birds. It comes in small sections or bulk rolls of 14 x 100 feet.
Bird Netting for Garden Use Provides Micro-Climate Protection
Ultra Net not only blocks out bird pests but can create a microclimate for your ripening vegetables and other delicate plants. If you choose garden netting mesh that is a dense -inch, it can provide a cooler, more pro-growth environment during the hot days of summer. This tight mesh can even help protect your plants from the damaging effects of a light frost or strong winds.
Bird Netting a Garden is Easy
If you only have a few small plants in your garden, you can wrap each plant in Ultra Net to protect it from pest birds. If your garden is larger, Bird-B-Gone suggests you suspend the netting over entire groups of plants using a series of poles implanted around the perimeter of your garden. Just remember to leave at least a four-inch space between the netting and your plants. This will keep pest birds from perching on the netting for gardens and using their beaks to pick at your plants.
Add a Bird Feeder and Birdbath to Your Garden
As a final step, you might consider offering pest birds an alternative to your garden. Set up a birdbath and bird feeder in an area far removed from your plants. When birds get used to being fed close to water, they'll stay away from the plants. Remember to keep the food and water fresh and readily available for your visitors.
Bird-B-Gone is the worlds largest manufacturer and distributor of bird control products, providing effective and humane solutions to a bird-free environment. The company provides advice, training and installation services for those who need help with these and other bird control measures.