If you have a problem with birds, you have most likely attempted a number of different remedies. Plastic animals, scarecrows, wind chimes, and highly reflective tape are some of the most common and well-liked options. All of these things have the potential to be quite effective in decreasing issues caused by birds. My property is filled with cherry trees, and I used to have a lot of trouble dealing with birds because of them. When I put all of these suggestions into action, I saw that the issue nearly totally vanished. Sadly, the remedy only worked for a few months after it was implemented.
It would seem that, as time passes, birds have a natural propensity to become more confident. When I first saw them, my scarecrow frightened them out of their wits; but, today when I peek outside, I notice them perched on his shoulder. And enjoying some of the cherries that have fallen from my tree. Those impudent little brats they are! I’m not saying I mind birds. They are such a welcome sight in my garden. However, as you can see, I have already selected one tree as the location where I will allow birds to perch and feed. It would seem that birds are incapable of being happy with the food that is provided for them. They constantly feel the need to go over to my trees, even though there is a tree that is just for them that is free of anything that may potentially scare them.
A variety of bird netting was being sold at a number of the gardening businesses that I visited. I made the choice to use it. The bird netting is really just a massive net that is draped over the whole of the tree. The diameter of each hole is about one and a half millimeters. I bought enough of this for one whole tree to be covered with it. After the installation was complete, however, there was no question that it functioned well. I had no further issues with birds eating cherries from that tree once I had taken precautions. But the next morning when I woke up, I went about my normal routine. On that day, I discovered two birds that had been strangled to death after being entangled in the net. I had the worst possible feelings. After burying the birds, I promptly pulled down that netting and left the area. I didn’t want to save my tree if it meant putting the lives of the birds in danger. I don’t mind wiping out a few creepy-crawlies, but birds are just too sweet for my blood.
After a time, I couldn’t bring myself to stop the birds from eating since I felt like I owed them. I decided that the best way to apologize to them would be to give them free reign on all of my cherries. Even my scarecrow had to be dismantled. But a few months later, I was in a fabric shop and I saw something that made me reconsider how generous I had been. Tulle may be found in the inventory of almost any retailer that sells fabric. It is very thin netting, and the holes in it are far too tiny for any bird’s beak or head to pass through. Not only is it simple to locate, but it is also quite reasonably priced. When everything was said and done, the cost of purchasing enough to cover one tree came to be less than half of what it cost to purchase the deadly bird netting.
I attached the tulle to my tree, which, while not impossible, was a far more challenging task than attaching the bird netting. I was required to sew the seams of many enormous pieces together and then I had to observe it for a whole day. I needed to be able to keep a close watch on it at all times so that if one of the birds became trapped, I could swiftly free it. To our great good fortune, not a single bird was ever taken. If you have any issues with birds, I recommend that you use tulle as an alternative to bird netting since it is both safer and more cost-effective. Just keep in mind that they should be allowed to keep at least one tree for themselves! Being a good gardener requires you to be kind with the birds that visit your garden.
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