I want to plant some blueberry bushes in the Spring. To protect
them from birds I plan to screen them in. In past years, I shared
my neighbor's garden and kept the deer and rabbits out by planting
haberero peppers around the garden. My concern with deer is they
tear down the screen.
What do you due to protect berry bushes?
Dick the framework for my screen is made out of metal uprights of the
type signposts are made and the horizontal members are bamboo. The
deer leave my berries alone, but the raccoons are a problem. A couple
weeks before they ripen I start live trapping them and relocate them to
a state park.
For subsequent seasons, consider planting in the fall. It gives your
plants several months to establish a root structure before they leaf
We pounded rebar into the ground, slipped half-inch PVC pipe over it, and
using standard PVC connectors made a simple "box." We measured, and made
sure everything was in 4-foot increments (8x8, 8x12, etc.). This way, it was
easy (well, relatively easy) to cover it with bird netting--we didn't have
to cut odd shapes out of the netting. We attached the netting to the frame
with twist ties. Two edges of the bird netting meet where we want to enter;
we just undo the ties to go in, and twist them up again when we're done.
This has worked fine for us for birds and small animals; I don't know about
deer--they can get pretty determined.
The white PVC pipe is not very attractive. If I were to do it again, I'd
look for a darker color. The netting, however, just "disappears" visually,
which is nice.
Thank you, I like this idea very much.
My solution to rabbits and deer is to plant habenero peppers
around anything I don't want them near. I believe humans are
the only species dumb enough to eat hot peppers! :)
I used to plant marigolds and onion to keep rabbits out of my garden. It
worked most of the time, but there was one difficult cottontail who
seemed irritated that I'd do such a thing. He'd jump over them.
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