Ha! I only have 5 bushes, and only 3 producing this year, so it's a CONSTANT battle with wildlife to win the ripe berries
When the berries were still green, I covered with bird netting supported with bamboo topped with soda bottles. The groundHOG ripped several HUGE holes near the ground and ate the best and the biggest 6
berries we were waiting for
The rabbits got through the holes and tried to make a nest (fur-lined and all) in the pine straw mulch. Then the catbirds have been sneaking in (I keep finding small rips high up -- either the catbird is actually cutting the black plastic netting or maybe squirrels?) The other day, the silly catbird got trapped INSIDE and I had the RESCUE it.
I'm starting to think I have to build a chicken-wire cage around the bushes....
Now the catbirds are eating practically ALL the ripe blackberries we've been waiting for, but at least they're not bothering the blueberries. I keep telling them that they can have the blackberries at the BACK of the patch that I can't get to. Robins can have the berries trailing NEAR THE GROUND. The ones at the FRONT of the patch are SUPPOSED TO BE OURS.
I guess I need to plant MORE blueberries bushes.
Can I ground-layer them?