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How to Make Bird Netting

By Kathryn Hatter ; Updated September 21, 2017
Make bird netting to protect fruits and vegetables from birds.

Instead of sharing your fruit and vegetables with the birds, keep them away from your plants with bird netting. When you attach mesh fabric to wooden supports around your plants and shrubs, you can protect plants from birds. Use mesh fabric in a tight enough weave to prevent the birds from tangling within the fabric, and you can safely keep birds away from your plants.

Pound the stakes into the ground around the plants you wish to protect. Position the stakes approximately 6 inches away from the plants, and place one at each corner of the plant. Pound the stakes into the soil between 4 and 6 inches deep.

Wrap the mesh fabric around the four stakes, stapling the fabric to each stake along the entire length of the stake. Surround the plant or shrub completely with mesh fabric, and staple the fabric a second time to the first stake to secure the fabric.

Cut the excess fabric off with the scissors.

Cut another piece of fabric that will cover the top of the plant. Make this piece of fabric approximately 12 inches larger than the area between the stakes for attaching.

Place this top piece of fabric onto the stakes above the plant or shrub, and secure it at each of the four corner stakes by wrapping the small bungee cords around the stakes. Because you do not permanently attach the top fabric to the stakes, you can easily remove the top piece of fabric to pick your fruits and vegetables.

Remove the netting and stakes after you harvest the fruits or vegetables. Pull up the stakes and fold the fabric away to use another year.


Things You Will Need

  • Wooden stakes (1 inch in diameter and approximately 1 foot higher than plants)
  • Staple gun
  • Mesh fabric (tulle)
  • Scissors
  • Hammer
  • 4 short bungee cords

About the Author


Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.