Are the Birds Eating your Raspberries?
Here are ideas of How to Protect Raspberries from Birds and leave some of the crop for you!
Noise makers, distractions and other homemade devices may work for a time, but total prevention with netting is most successful to keep the birds away.
Growing your own raspberries is a fun experience ... especially when you see the fruit of your labor swell and eventually ripen.
You can't wait for raspberry harvest time -- to pop that delicious delicate fruit in your mouth and begin making yummy jams and other homemade raspberry recipes.
Unfortunately, it seems that all the birds in the area of your raspberry patch also notice that your raspberries are ripening and they begin to helps themselves.
Not only did we notice the dramatic increase of birds flying around and feasting on our raspberries, but we noticed that our patio and lawn furniture were suddenly being bombarded with purple spots with seeds! ;)
It sometime seemed that, between the birds and the Japanese Beetles, there were not going to be many raspberries left for us to harvest.
Not only do the birds steal the bounty, many times they claw and pick at the fruit, causing damaged and rotting berries which in turn attract more Japanese Beetles!
Suggestions of homemade deterrents abound ... visual distractions, taste aversions, noise devices, and more, but the fact is that in most cases these methods are not long-lasting.
The birds are scared away for a time, but they eventually get used to the distraction and it's not long before they return to feasting on your raspberries again!
Excluding the birds from access to the fruit is probably the most effective method of protecting the raspberries from birds.
Protecting the raspberry patch with netting and similar products does take some time and effort, but it is well spent and the reward is that you keep the raspberries!
Two to three weeks before the raspberries mature is a good time to add some sort of netting to the raspberry patch.
There are many types of landscaping netting that you can use with poles or hoops.
Check your local Garden Center for ideas and advice.
There are also products available to purchase online at *Amazon that are specifically designed to help prevent the birds from eating your raspberry bounty.
The netting devices also help to keep deer and other unwanted animals from reaching your fruit.
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