If you have a problem with birds, you have most likely attempted a number of different solutions. 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 very effective in reducing issues caused by birds. My backyard is filled with cherry trees, and I used to have a lot of trouble dealing with birds because of them. After I put all of these solutions into action, I noticed that the issue had almost completely resolved itself. Sadly, the solution only worked for a few months after it was implemented.
It would appear that, as time passes, birds have a natural tendency to become more confident. When I first saw them, my scarecrow frightened them out of their wits; however, now when I look outside, I see 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 eat. It would appear that birds are incapable of being content with the food that is provided for them. They always feel the need to go over to my trees, even though there is a tree that is specifically for them that is free of anything that could potentially scare them.
A variety of bird netting was being sold in a number of the gardening stores that I visited. I made the choice to utilize it. The bird netting is essentially just a massive net that is draped over the entirety of the tree. The diameter of each hole is approximately one and a half millimeters. I bought enough of this for one entire tree to be covered in it. After the installation was complete, however, there was no question that it functioned properly. I had no more issues with birds eating cherries from that tree after 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 becoming entangled in the net. I experienced the worst possible feelings. After burying the birds, I promptly took 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 stomping on a few bugs here and there, but birds are just too friendly for my taste.
After a while, I couldn’t bring myself to stop the birds from eating because I felt like I owed them. I decided that the best way to apologize to them would be to give them free reign over all of my cherries. Even my scarecrow had to be dismantled. But a few months later, I was in a fabric store and I saw something that made me reconsider how generous I had been. Tulle can be purchased at the vast majority of retail establishments that deal in textiles. It is extremely fine netting, and the holes in it are much too small for any bird’s beak or head to fit through. Not only is it simple to locate, but it is also very reasonably priced. When all 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 lethal bird netting.
I attached the tulle to my tree, which, although not impossible, was a significantly more challenging task than attaching the bird netting. I was required to sew the seams of several large pieces together and then I had to watch it for an entire day. I needed to be able to keep a close eye on it at all times so that if one of the birds became trapped, I could quickly 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 because 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 generous with the birds that visit your garden.
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