How to Protect Fruit from Birds

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Photo by Donna Enz
This peach tree is draped with row cover to hide the fruits from hungry birds.

I started wondering how to protect my fruit from birds after I noticed that they like to eat my peaches and strawberries as much as I do. Bird netting has never been effective for me, because the birds always find a way under it. With floating row cover, however, birds can’t see the fruit. If they can’t see it, they leave it alone.

When the fruit starts to ripen, I cover my peach tree and strawberry plants. I remove the fabric from the strawberries periodically to allow bees and other pollinators to access the bright blossoms.

My peach tree is espaliered, which makes it easy to cover. I use wooden clothespins to secure the floating row cover. As an added bonus, the cover is easy to fold up and store until I need it next season.

Donna Enz
Lyle, Washington

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