I have a nice cherry tree in my garden, it has very tasty cherries every
year but... not for long. Every year thousand of birds eat them all. I
erected a dud but this has no effect at all. Are there any reliable l
ways to protect the cherries? Thank you.
To protect my fruit from birds, I hang unwanted compact discs (CDs). I
drill a small hole very near the edge of a disc and hang it kite twine
from the tree or from nearby trees.
Eventually, the birds will become used to the sunlight flashing from the
discs. Thus, I do not hang them until about two weeks before the fruit
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean, see
On Mon, 29 Apr 2013 20:16:51 -0700, "David E. Ross"
That will accomplish exactly zero... the larger birds that will eat
cherries, like crow/jays, will pay CDs no mind. I hang CDs in my
windows to deter birds from trying to fly through but it's only about
50% effective. To protect fruit from birds only netting works fairly
well... larger birds will still snatch fruit through the netting.
one year for the grape vine i used very fine
mesh/netting (2mm holes) which worked well for
the few days it was needed. also used that same
mesh for strawberries to keep the hail from doing
You don't usually get trapped birds. This is the system used commercially
including vineyards, without netting there would be no grape harvest round
here. If you don't enclose the tree(s) fully you might get one or two birds
that get underneath and then insist on flying upwards and so cannot get out
but normally you can enclose it and avoid this. Even so it takes 5 minutes
to free them.
I've had a bird get around the netting and trapped inside but not
tangled up in it.
OTOH I've found snakes hopelessly tangled in the netting when they tried
to crawl under it. If I had not freed them they would have died.
Fortunately no poison snakes around here and one of the black snakes was
about five feet long.
One would think by the same method by which you harvest cherries 8
meters up. LOL
Commercial orchard growers prune/train trees to a height/configuration
so that they can easily harvest fruit from an orchard ladder.
The homeowner typically grows semi-dwarf fruit trees, they'll grow to
a 4 meter height but typically kept to a 3 meter height. Perhaps you
should visit a cherry tree orchard and note their tree height and
I just leave mine unprotected. Each year the birds start eating them
before they are ripe, but the trees produce enough that the birds eat
all they want, and there are more than enough left for us. I keep
thinking it would be nice if I could train the birds to eat the high
hanging fruit that I can't reach, and leave the low hanging fruit for me.
White bird netting. Not black because birds have more difficulty seeing it
and can get caught in it. white netting works well and we'v used the same
netting year after year on our trees. This year we covered a pear, 3
apples, a plum and fig with it. We ahrvested bumper crops from all of the
netted trees and no fruit at all from the trees that we didn't bother to
net. It's a bit of a pain to put on or get off as it needs the careful use
of soft headeed broom and ladders, but if you want fruit, that is what you
have to do.
> I have a nice cherry tree in my garden, it has very tasty cherries every
> year but... not for long. Every year thousand of birds eat them all. I
> erected a dud but this has no effect at all. Are there any reliable l
> ways to protect the cherries? Thank you.
You know this same happening with me...and i am really fade up for this.
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