Flocks of robin, bluejays or any other bird will not concern you once StealthNet® is above your sweet blueberry bushes.

For blueberry farmers, keeping birds away from the bushes is an especially important matter. Birds can wreak havoc on a field, pecking and defecating on a portion of the bushes and then quickly moving onto the next part of the field. When this happens, not only do the birds ruin all of that section of the field, but they also spread disease. To keep birds away, blueberry farmers have to act fast and employ any and every method they can find. There are many ways to deter birds from a blueberry bush. Some are very effective; others are not so much.

Installing StealthNet® Blueberry Netting

One simple method is to simply drape the netting over the bushes. The netting can be draped over the bushes to protect ripe berries until you are able to harvest them. This works fine for a while, but it is only a matter of time before birds will find a way underneath the netting and feast on your blueberries.

A better method is to build a cage around the bush using PVC pipe and netting. A blueberry netting cage is great for protecting the entire bush from pest birds. Once the netting is installed, it can remain on the bush for most of the growing season. The length of time will depend on your climate and how quickly the blueberries ripen. A bird netting cage also allows you to hand-harvest the entire crop, even from inside the cage. 
 

The size of cage you’ll need will vary depending on what type of blueberry bush you’re planting. Dwarf or low-bush varieties require much less space than larger high-bush or half-high blueberries. For dwarf varieties, I would suggest a cage that’s 6-8 feet in diameter; for high-bush, a 10-12 foot diameter cage is sufficient.In addition to using bamboo poles and blueberry netting, it is also helpful to have a “teepee” made up of 4 poles at each row end. This makes it easy to wrap each end with the netting and holds it in place. Run the blueberry bushes through the netting clips on each side. If you are planting a new row, then use the garden netting clips to hold the poles in place and use the clip stakes to stake it down.

 
The annual migration of the birds is almost upon us and the leaves are starting to change color. It is time to harvest our blueberries, a pastime many of us enjoy. However, one of the biggest issues gardeners face is birds destroying the fruit to get to the seeds. This can cause up to 80% loss of production. These birds are very adept at spotting blueberries and because they don’t see a barrier, they have no fear of flying right into your blueberry patch.

 

 

 

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How to Keep Birds Away from Blueberry Bushes with Blueberry Netting

 

For blueberry farmers, keeping birds away from the bushes is an especially important matter. Birds can wreak havoc on a field, pecking and defecating on a portion of the bushes and then quickly moving onto the next part of the field. When this happens, not only do the birds ruin all of that section of the field, but they also spread disease. To keep birds away, blueberry farmers have to act fast and employ any and every method they can find. There are many ways to deter birds from a blueberry bush. Some are very effective; others are not so much.

 

 

 

Installing StealthNet® Blueberry Netting

One simple method is to simply drape the netting over the bushes. The netting can be draped over the bushes to protect ripe berries until you are able to harvest them. This works fine for a while, but it is only a matter of time before birds will find a way underneath the netting and feast on your blueberries.

 
A better method is to build a cage around the bush using PVC pipe and netting. A blueberry netting cage is great for protecting the entire bush from pest birds. Once the netting is installed, it can remain on the bush for most of the growing season. The length of time will depend on your climate and how quickly the blueberries ripen. A bird netting cage also allows you to hand-harvest the entire crop, even from inside the cage. 
 

The size of cage you’ll need will vary depending on what type of blueberry bush you’re planting. Dwarf or low-bush varieties require much less space than larger high-bush or half-high blueberries. For dwarf varieties, I would suggest a cage that’s 6-8 feet in diameter; for high-bush, a 10-12 foot diameter cage is sufficient.In addition to using bamboo poles and blueberry netting, it is also helpful to have a “teepee” made up of 4 poles at each row end. This makes it easy to wrap each end with the netting and holds it in place. Run the blueberry bushes through the netting clips on each side. If you are planting a new row, then use the garden netting clips to hold the poles in place and use the clip stakes to stake it down.

 
The annual migration of the birds is almost upon us and the leaves are starting to change color. It is time to harvest our blueberries, a pastime many of us enjoy. However, one of the biggest issues gardeners face is birds destroying the fruit to get to the seeds. This can cause up to 80% loss of production. These birds are very adept at spotting blueberries and because they don’t see a barrier, they have no fear of flying right into your blueberry patch.

 

 

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