crobi13
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How to keep the birds out of my berries?

I found the tell-tale sign of a bird (poop) in my berry garden this afternoon. Right now I don't have much fruit (it's still too early here). My question is, how do I deter the birds? I don't want them to eat all of my berries. I've covered my strawberry bed with cheese cloth and that was pretty easy but my raspberry & blueberry bushes would be awkward to cover the same way.
How about some lawn ornaments like windmills? Any other ideas?
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Kisal
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Bird netting. It's specifically made to keep birds off of fruit trees and berry bushes.

It seems pretty flimsy, but I still have and use the same piece I bought about 25 years ago. I don't leave it out all year round, though. :)
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Do you just drape it around the plant or do you need to biuld a frame of some sort?

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Joyfirst wrote:Do you just drape it around the plant or do you need to biuld a frame of some sort?
I made a frame around my Blueberry bushes, and then added the netting. I figured that the netting should be held (at least a few inches) off of the bushes, otherwise the birds would just land and grab every berry that was within their reach.

I plan on doing the same for my grapes, when they are getting closer to maturity.

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I just draped it over my blueberry bushes, but if I had it to do over again, I would build some type of temporary frame, as farmerlon did. The netting gets snagged in the branches, and it's very awkward and time consuming to remove it. :roll:
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