Joyfirst
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Can strawberies be covered with bird net?

I was wondering, if I cover strawberries and blueberries with bird net, would it allow bees in to fertilize the flowers? I know holes are big enough, but I don't know, if bees would want to crawl through? :shock:

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I've not noticed any reduction in the amount of fruit produced when using netting over my strawberry plants. :)
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Great, then bees don't mind it. Thank you so much for the answer.

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Re: Can strawberies be covered with bird net?

Joyfirst wrote:I was wondering, if I cover strawberries and blueberries with bird net, would it allow bees in to fertilize the flowers? I know holes are big enough, but I don't know, if bees would want to crawl through? :shock:
For the Blueberries, I just wait to add the netting around them, after pollination is complete and the berries have started to form.
From what I have observed, the birds aren't interested in harvesting the berries until they are more mature (ripening).

But, I don't think the bees will mind the netting anyway. I like to be able to get in and around the bushes without the netting being in the way; that's why I wait to add it later.

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