Bird Netting - It Keep's em Out!!
Birds are fun to watch..... except during the gardening season. Once our
gardens are growing, birds can become a real pest. We don't want those birds
eating our strawberries, nipping off the growing tips of our sweet pea plants,
or snacking on our blueberries.
There's an easy solution to keep birds from getting to your crop before you
are ready to harvest it. Netting keeps the birds out, along with deer and
rabbits, too. Our pest netting is strong and long lasting. Multi-strand design
makes it strong. It has UV protection, keeping this pest netting from breaking
down and getting brittle in the sun. It will last for years.
Bird Pest Netting - available in bags, sheets, and bulk rolls
Guard Pest Net Bags - These are perfect for quickly and easily wrapping
up a bush or shrub. It is extremely popular for blueberry bushes. Simply
roll it on, and your blueberries are secure. Roll it up a ways, to harvest
the fruit. We recommend placing a frame around the plant.
Make a Bird Netting Frame
Netting Sheets - Pest netting sheets work well in the vegetable garden.
It comes in varying sizes. Simply drape it over your plants, and the birds
are shut out. Or construct a frame. It is commonly used to wrap the canopy
of fruit trees, so birds can not get to the fruit. It may not be practical
in the flower garden, where the beauty of seeing the flowers, is
the reason for the garden.
Bulk Pest Netting - When you've got a big job, use bulk roll
bird pest netting. It's cheaper in bulk. You can measure and cut pieces to
size, off the roll, and save money.
Note: Pest netting makes for a great garden fence.
How to Make a Bird Netting Frame:
Compliments: Gail Dana, Bird Landing CA.
While pest netting is lightweight, the plant will grow through the mesh holes
in the netting, if allowed. And, leaves that the netting rests upon, can
be damaged in high heat. We recommend creating some form of frame around
You can create a frame around your entire garden (pictured above), and cover
it with pest netting. Or create a simple frame around your plants.
Here are a few ideas how to make a frame for your netting:
1. Political sign frames. Right after political elections, those
over-abundant yard signs are tossed...... literally tossed into the garbage.
Take two signs. Discard the cardboard part of the sign (please recycle).
Take the U-shaped metal frame, and cross-cross two of them over a plant.
Slide a pest net bag over the frame. Place a brick or rock on the bottom
edge of the netting that touches the ground. It's almost instant protection.
2. The Two Tiered Greenhouse frame:
Many of us have a two-tiered greenhouse, that we put on our deck in early
spring for use as a cold frame for our seedlings. After the seedlings are
planted, the greenhouse is put away until next spring.
Take the plastic cover off the frame. Now, wrap the frame in a sheet of netting,
or simply pull an pest net bag over it. Set the frame over a blueberry bush
(or whatever you want to cover). Now, the birds are outside, looking in.
3. Rebar and Old Tennis Balls
Pound 3 - 4 pieces of rebar into the ground around the plant. Take old tennis
balls and cut a small "X" into them. Push the tennis ball onto the top
of each rebar. It's amazing how smoothly a net bag slips on and off! We were
given this method from the owner of a blueberry farm. He uses this
on hundreds of bushes!
Note: You can also use wooden poles, plastic tubing, or other metal
4. The Buffet Buster
The Buffet Buster consists of a frame and a pest net cover. It is perfect
for strawberries, lettuce, beans and other plants birds, bunnies and deer
like. When it comes to keeping the birds out, it really does the job!
Unfortunately, this popular product is no longer available.