If you are looking for a way to protect your fruit trees, bushes, and other plants that bear fruits and vegetables from birds, insects, and other animals, then installing fruit netting is a good investment of your time and money. Long used by farmers to protect their fruit crops, fruit netting also has its place in residential backyards to help homeowners save the fruit they grow from being damaged, destroyed or eaten by unwanted visitors.
There are a couple of different types of fruit nets depending on what your needs are and where you plan on installing the netting. Here are a couple of variations of fruit netting to consider for your backyard crops:
Fruit tree netting – Fruit tree nets are made to be draped over your fruit trees and are intended primarily to keep the birds away from the precious fruit that grows on those trees. Fruit tree bird netting is typically made out of a mesh constructed from polypropelene that is intended to keep birds from being able to pluck the fruit off of your trees. Be sure to find a brand of fruit tree netting that is environmentally safe and that won’t cause harm to birds that nibble on the nets. Some types of fruit netting also include a UV coating so that the netting is more durable and can withstand constant exposure to the rays of the sun without deteriorating. Nets for fruit trees are very flexible and easy to drape over any type of tree and can be reused year after year to protect your fruit.
Fruit cage netting – Netting for fruit protection can be used for more than just trees. You can also drape fruit netting over your fruit plants and bushes on the ground, or you can create a fruit cage in which you keep all of your fruit plants self contained and out of the reaches of birds and other animals. You can construct a fruit cage simply by installing a few posts made from aluminum, metal, wood or PVC around the perimeter of your gardening space and then draping fruit netting along the sides and over the top so that all of the fruit plants remain protected inside. You should make your fruit cage tall enough so that you can easily walk inside in order to harvest your fruit and care for your plants.
Bird netting – Bird netting is basically the same thing as fruit netting, but can be used to protect more than just fruit trees. You can use bird netting to protect any type of trees, plants, or flowers in your yard and the mesh netting is intended to keep the birds away without the need for using chemical deterrents or harsher options. Bird netting for fruit trees is the most popular, since birds love to feast on the fruit growing on trees, but you can use the netting to keep birds out of any type of tree you want.
Installing fruit netting is easy to do. Most nets come packaged in rolls or folded up and you can cut the fruit nets to size to cover the trees or plants that you need. Then all that is needed is for you to drape the netting over the trees, bushes or plants you want to protect. The mesh netting will cling to leaves and branches and should not easily blow off if draped on according to manufacturer’s directions. Creating a fruit cage with netting is also a fairly simple project and only requires the construction of a few support poles around the perimeter of the area you want to protect from which to attach the fruit or bird netting.
Fruit netting is an environmentally safe and humane way to keep birds and other small animals from destroying your trees and plants and has many applications for home gardening use.