12 thoughts on “How to Easly Protect Your Blueberry & Strawberry Fruit from Birds & Squirrels

    Andy McKenzie

    (December 30, 2019 - 7:30 am)

    My last house had a cherry tree, and we ran into a problem with netting: birds saw the cherries, but not the net. I had to free a robin that got its wing tangled, which was not an easy task. I expect it would be possible to put something more visible on or in the netting, but I found another solution.

    After some more research, I draped the lightest row cover I could find over the tree, which worked much better. No birds or squirrels found their way in, and the cherries were fantastic. The only concern is that row cover traps heat, so the berries went from "not-quite-ripe" to "this is rotting on the tree" in about 24 hours.


    (December 30, 2019 - 7:30 am)

    Have you considered doing a compost video? Excellent videos, thx.

    Kendall Kessler

    (December 30, 2019 - 7:30 am)

    Great advice!

    Krzysztof Rudnicki

    (December 30, 2019 - 7:30 am)

    People used to grow mulberry trees as protection for cherry trees because birds often choose mulberry over cherries.
    Maybe its a good idea to think that way? Plant some fruit trees/bushes for wildlife.

    Dolly Perry

    (December 30, 2019 - 7:30 am)

    A very timely suggestion 🙂

    K Laurvick

    (December 30, 2019 - 7:30 am)

    To pick, then, you pull back the netting?
    Someone mentioned tulle from the fabric store, which I have as well. Put it around my new fruit trees that the deer were nibbling on. Need to protect berries now.


    (December 30, 2019 - 7:30 am)

    I purchased a bolt of tulle on Amazon. Works great

    Ana Eccles

    (December 30, 2019 - 7:30 am)

    Hi great idea… I’ve been using these with success. A suggestion: use a bottle or a tennis ball on the part of the poles. It’ll save the net from tearing and can be used many times. Happy growing

    My Quaint Cottage

    (December 30, 2019 - 7:30 am)

    Great video. I'm having issues with rabbits. I usually use bird netting to keep deer out but we haven't had any deer issues this year. Lol

    Donna Steward

    (December 30, 2019 - 7:30 am)

    The sound is so low I can't hear you, even when my mic is turned up as high as possible.

    Tony McAlister

    (December 30, 2019 - 7:30 am)

    I used the same netting for blueberries, however, I did not use stakes and simply draped the netting over the plants. While this worked, the netting got caught on the limbs and was difficult to remove. I'll use your method next year.


    (December 30, 2019 - 7:30 am)

    Great idea ,thought I would you the netting but didn't know for sure how I was going to attach it ,I need to do something like this with my cherry tree ,I use to just let all the birds eat them but now I want my tree back lol

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