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Scaffold Debris Netting - does it block the sun by very much? Other options for birds?

Hi all

My first strawberries are starting to turn red, and have already been nibbled by birds.  I do love the feathered creatures but they can be a pain the butt at times too!  

I have some scaffold debris netting left from when I protected my brassicas and was planning to cover the patch with that.  However, being debris netting it has very small holes and I am worried about whether it blocks the sun.  The strawberries are in a position where they do not get sun all day, so I don't want to limit their sun exposure even more.

Would be great to hear people's views on the matter.

And I am also interested to hear of any other tried and tested methods for keeping the birds of me strawberries!  We have a lot of them where I am...

Many thanks

Max

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  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    We use debris netting for our strawberries and soft fruit bushes.  Both cheap and good, but squirrels bite holes in it. It lets sufficient sunlight through.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,894

    Chicken wire works, but it depends how many you have to protect. Ordinary fruit netting and a frame would be better perhaps.

    Scaffold netting is an ideal windbreak, which would be more useful up here, but as we get less sun and heat I prefer to keep mine as open as I can. I sometimes keep mine in one of those plastic growhouses so that we at least get a few to eat ourselves!

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,190

    I used it on my brassicas keeps the cabbage whites off.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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