To put netting on a Tree or Bush,
first determine the center of the Netting and mark it with light-colored
tape. Then use a long pole to position the tape over the center of the
Plant. The Netting will catch on every leaf and twig; so try to drape it
straight down rather than to reposition it after it touches foliage. You
may need a helper or two.
If one Net is too small, fasten
several together with waterproof tape or plastic ties before you attempt
to drape it onto the foliage. Then find the center as above.
Bird Netting will keep out most
Birds, but be alerted that it can also entangle those that attempt to land
on it. If Chipmunks are a problem, they can usually be discouraged by fastening
the Netting snugly around the base or trunk of the Plant or Tree. They
can also become entangled in the Netting.
Snakes may become entangled,
If you ever attempt to free any
entangled creature, it is suggested that you wear Leather Gloves and cut
the Netting, rather than to touch the creature. It may be prudent to contact
your local Department of Wildlife and ask to have it removed.
The slits alter the strength
and effectiveness very minimally, but extended exposure to Sunlight may
weaken it. Nets should be folded and stored in a sealed plastic bag or
other container to prevent creatures from getting entangled during storage.
It's a bigger chore to remove their remains than to prevent entanglement
After you cover your Trees or
Berry Bushes, you may want to cut slits in the Netting at strategic locations,
rather than to lift or remove it for each fruit picking. Make the slits
large enough to get your sleeved arm in. The slits will be Very difficult
to locate, so it is recommended that they be marked with tape, Velcro,
or plastic ties as shown above.