Scaffold Debris Netting - does it block the sun by very much? Other options for birds?
January Man Posts: 212
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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...
WE BOUGHT THESE A FEW YEARS AGO.
THE INITIAL OUTLAY LOOKS A LOT BUT THEY COME IN HANDY FOR ALL SORTS OF THINGS, NOT JUST STRAWBERRIES.
A GOOD COMPANY TOO.
Last edited: 05 June 2017 11:15:54
If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
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.
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!
I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
I used it on my brassicas keeps the cabbage whites off.