Gardening Netting for Ground and Container Gardens

Gardening Netting for Ground and Container Gardens

Posted on June 7, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch in Garden Bird Netting

The season of birds is here. Spring and summer bring about bird activity around the home and city. If you are not prepared for the onslaught of the migratory bird, you could experience home and garden damage from the birds behavior during this time of year. One area to keep in mind is the garden. This includes any potted plants you might be trying to grow. Container gardening is a great way to grow plants when there is a smaller place, such as a patio or balcony. These plants also need to be protected so that the birds do not wipe you out overnight. Gardening netting is what will protect the garden plants as well as the ones potted in containers. Gardening netting is one of the best ways to keep birds away from your fruit and vegetable plants.

Pigeons are very well known pest birds in just about every setting. They love members of the cabbage family such as cauliflower. They also eat raspberries, gooseberries and garden peas. Some birds will eat the unwanted insects but many will also eat the newly planted seeds before they have a chance to grow. They will peck at the leaves as well. Bird control such as gardening netting is a necessary garden tool to help the garden bloom to its full potential.

The easiest gardening netting to use is called Garden Bird Netting. It is very lightweight and simple to drape over your vegetable garden and potted plants. It is sold in 14 x 100 and 14 x 200 rolls and you can cut it down to size to protect specific sized garden areas. It's also available in 1/4" mesh, 1/2" mesh and 3/4" mesh to protect your garden from various bird species and sizes. Netting clips are available that will simplify installation of the gardening netting. Effective Garden Bird Netting should be made from durable, UV-protected polypropylene. This type of netting is strong yet practically invisible. Garden Bird Netting can be installed on a temporary basis if you only have seasonal bird issues with pest birds, or you can install the netting permanently to protect the garden plants all year long.

Visual bird deterrents can be included in addition to gardening netting. Visual bird deterrents include bird control products such as flash tape, scare balloons and other scare diverters. The scare balloons and diverters move in the breeze and the predator markings and the movement scare birds away from the area. The shiny and reflective materials that the visual bird deterrents are made from also cause a visual distraction. They can be placed in trees, on the posts near the garden and on stakes in the containers.

Birds will want to avoid the area with the visual bird deterrents, and they will not have access with the gardening netting in place. There are also other physical bird deterrents that are ideal for backyard use. There are spider-like deterrents that have swinging arms that create movement and sweep the birds away from an area. These can even be placed on rooftops to keep the birds from roosting on the rooftop ledges, and looking into your backyard.

With gardens come hard work, and it only makes sense to do what you can to protect the time and money that has gone into the planting. Make sure when the garden is planned, that the bird control is a check mark in that plan.