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How to Protect Strawberry Plants From Birds

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Overview

Birds can do serious damage to your strawberry plants. They run among the berry plants and eat the berries off the plant. It can be unpleasant to find that your strawberry crop has been wiped out by birds. Most birds are protected by the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act, so you can not harm the culprits. The best protection for small fruit plants is netting. A net costs more than other protection measures, but will last 3 to 10 years.

Step 1

Pound in two wooden stakes 6 inches into the ground with a hammer on each end of the strawberry bed. This provides support for each end of the netting.

Step 2

Place another stake 6 inches into the ground every 4 feet down the long side of the bed. These stakes keep the netting several inches off of the strawberry plants, which prevents the birds from harvesting the berries through the netting.

Step 3

Spread the bird netting evenly across the top of the stakes. It is important that all sides of the netting reach the ground. If the netting does not fit, then purchase the size that will fit the dimensions of your strawberry bed.

Step 4

Anchor the netting to the ground by placing bricks or large rocks every 2 to 3 feet along the edge. Keep the netting tight over the stakes. This will prevent the netting from being blown away by the wind and keep the birds from sneaking in under the edges.

Step 5

Roll the netting back starting from one of ends when harvesting the berries. Once you reach the halfway point, put the netting back in its original position. Move to the other end of the strawberry bed and repeat the net rolling. Remember to always replace the bird netting to keep the protection in place.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not place the net directly on top of the plants. The birds will perch on the netting and eat the strawberries through the mesh.

Things You'll Need

  • 8 wooden stakes 18 inches long
  • Hammer
  • Bird netting 7.5 feet by 15 feet
  • 12 bricks

References

  • Bird Control in Fruit Plantings
Keywords: strawberry plants, bird protection, bird control

About this Author

Karen Carter has spent the last three years working as a technology specialist in the public school system. This position included hardware/software installation, customer support, and writing training manuals. She also spent four years as a newspaper editor/reporter at the Willapa Harbor Herald.