Protecting Fruit Trees From Birds

February 22, 2007

Net Frame Around a TreeHubby and I made this frame out of 2 inch plastic irrigation piping attached to metal 'star' pickets. This size pipe fits snuggly on to the ends of the pickets, sliding easily over.


This made attaching and removing the netting over our cherry tree much easier. Thanks to the net, we enjoyed a full harvest of sweet cherries this year.

If we don't net our cherry tree we don't get any fruit at all. The blackbirds eat every single one!

By Scarecrow from South Australia

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July 21, 2014

I have 2 apricot trees that I started from seed. They are now over 7 feet tall, after only 5 years. When they start to bloom, I hang old CDs from a string on the branches. The birds don't like the reflections, especially if there is a breeze to move them around.


June 12, 2011

Birds swarm on our feeds by batches, and peck on our fruit bearing trees. A scarecrow is nothing to them, an idea came when I placed tiny stones on empty pet bottles, tried hanging them on a clothesline connecting to our house.

Plastic bottle hanging in a tree as a noisemaker.



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July 25, 2010

How do you keep birds out of fruit trees?

Hardiness Zone: 8a

By Sarah from MS


July 28, 20100 found this helpful

This is something I read in a novel, but sounds good to me: put small radio or cd in tree and play music of your choice. If the birds like it, change the tunes. Could also put in gardens for veg'y thieves. Another idea, take toy stuffed animal(s) & hang with small bungee cord or elastic string so that it will bounce in the wind or when birds land.


These might work for other critters that snack on the fruit, like deer.

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June 15, 2016

This page is about keeping birds from eating cherries. A ripening cherry tree is very attractive to birds.

Bird on a branch with red cherries

May 30, 2017

A flock of birds could easily decimate the harvest from your fig tree. This is a page about keeping birds from eating figs.

Figs on Tree

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