Is Garden Netting Practical for Backyard Use?
Garden netting is practical form of bird control if you do not want the pest birds to take over your garden area. The birds attacking the garden will cause damage to the newly forming buds of the fruit and vegetable plants and ultimately they can be destroyed. If the birds are not discouraged, not only will you lose your produce, but you will gain quite a mess to clean up and possibly more damage, all from the pest birds feces that they leave behind whenever they are in an area. Pest bird poop that has accumulated is not only unsightly, but it is also corrosive to the structure it is on, and this includes paints, wood, canvas and even metals. Garden netting and other bird repellents are needed to keep birds away.
Garden netting is not only practical but it is also very versatile. Garden netting can be used in lots of other areas where birds need to be excluded including garages, balconies, barns, rooftops and the eaves. Preparing for the onslaught of springtime birds in advance is a much more practical way to keep birds away. Without a physical bird deterrent present such as garden netting, birds often hide up in the eaves of the home or little nooks within the rooftop. When this happens, not only do they build their nests and roost close to their feeding ground, the garden, but the droppings will start accumulating on the sides of your home and roof which can lead to the destruction of the structures including the home. A new rooftop or new home siding is quite an expensive repair, and not needed when garden netting can be purchased at a very low cost.
This lightweight, U.V. protected polypropylene garden netting is virtually invisible when installed properly. There is no need to be concerns that you are creating a web-like environment around your property. It is best to suspend the netting over your vegetable plants and berry bushes. You want to leave about a four inch gap between the garden netting and plants so that the birds do not have a perching spot to dip down and get at the goods. You simply put a series of polls around the perimeter of the area and then attach the netting using either twine, zip ties or a staple gun.
Wrapping the netting around individual plants is another option. Fruit trees can also be wrapped with the garden netting. Just measure the circumference of the tree and cut it about a foot larger. Make sure there are no gaps in the netting around the trunk of the tree, because the birds will try their hardest to get past the netting.
It is always a good idea to use a couple of different types of bird control products together. Even though when garden netting is used correctly it will totally exclude the birds from the protected area, it is still a good idea to use a bird control product such as a scare tactic to keep them away from the area entirely.