Our hedge of blueberries attracts birds from all around. Unfortunately, the birds leave little fruit for the gardeners — until now. Our custom-made bird barrier ensures that the crop is secure.

Blueberries and daffodils

The border in springtime.

Blueberries under bird netting

The 2010 blueberry crop, safe under the Bird Netting.

Several years ago, we planted a long row of blueberries to mark the edge of our display garden. The area had always been planted with daffodils, so it was glorious in springtime, but sort of dull after that. To add some multi-season interest, we planted blueberries: creamy white springtime flowers, beautiful foliage in the fall, interesting branches in the winter and, of course, delicious fruit.

The birds were quick to discover this new planting, so we rarely enjoyed the summer bounty. For a few years we thought, well, the hedge is a good example of creating backyard habitat for wildlife.

This year, we tried something different. Call us selfish, but a few weeks before the fruit got ripe, we set up a quick and easy bird barrier, made with 7-foot bamboo poles and bird netting. We lashed the poles together to create teepees for the row-ends and V-shapes for the center. Then, we draped the structure with netting. Earth Staples hold the net in place.

The results have been delicious.

“This is the first year we haven’t lost the entire crop to the birds,” says Sarah, who manages the display gardens. “Two big bags of berries are already in the freezer.”

For more information, read Backyard Berries and Perennial Fruits and Vegetables for the Edible Landscape.

David Grist
Online Content Coordinator, Gardener’s Supply