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Educate Yourself about Bird Netting Before You Shop

Educate Yourself About Bird Netting  Before You Shop

Know what you are getting for your money

Mary’s Story

        Mary is a wonderful lady with a lovely family.  Family is the most important thing to her and that is why she was so excited when her children began to have kids of their own.  She had plans of being the best Grandma ever.  She envisioned her grand kids visiting her often and spending hours and hours playing out side on their family property just the way her kids did when they were little.  As soon as the first grandchild was born, she decided to plant some cherry trees and blueberry bushes so that the grand kids could roam around the property and snack on berries and climb the cherry trees.  She realized that, she needed to start now so the tree and bushes would be bearing lots of fruit by the time her grandchildren could climb trees.
        She put in three cherry trees and three blue berry bushes.  Mary took all the care in the world picking healthy starts and planting them so that they had to best chance for success.  The trees and bushes grew beautifully.  She just left them alone for the first couple of years.  When her oldest grandson turned 6 she knew that it was just about time to start her tradition of picking berries with her grand kids.  The only thing that worried her was that, she noticed the birds had eaten most of the cherries and blueberries this year.  She never really cared before because the kids weren’t old enough and the crops were very small the first years anyway.  However, this year the blueberries and cherries were plentiful and the birds had devoured them.  she knew that if she was going to have any fruit for her family, she had to figure out something.  She didn’t want to hurt the birds.  She likes birds but she likes her grandchildren more! :).  Her neighbor had purchased some netting and had great success with it so she decided to try that.
        she went online and did a search for bird netting.  She found a wide range of prices and wondered why, but didn’t give it to much thought.  She pick one that was priced low.  She figured why pay more.  The netting arrived and she went to work covering her fruit.  To her frustration, putting up the netting turned out to be harder then her neighbor made it look.  The netting kept snagging, breaking off branches and tangling.  In the process the net ended up ripping in a couple of spots, so some birds were still able to get through and even more were able to reach the berries on the out side.  When she went to pick blue berries she had a difficult time getting the net off.  She thought, how ironic that the netting wasn’t really keeping the birds out but it was keeping her out.  She was so frustrated that she almost gave up on her visions of enjoying these fruit picking experiences with her grandchildren.  Mary decide to look on the Internet and see if there was a better way.  After all, why would so many people use Bird Netting if it was this frustrating and ineffective.  She found a site that changed her bird netting experience.  On this site she learned that there are many different types of bird netting with different qualities, uses and pricing.  She learned that she was using the wrong type for covering her cherry trees and that  the Bird netting she had was fine for her Blue berry bushes but that it should not be laid directly on the plants.  The site taught her how to accurately determine the size needed for each project as well as how to install it.
        Mary followed all the advise on the website and was amazed at how different her experience was the following year.  That year her oldest grand child was able to climb the cherry tree and the others were able to pick blueberries.  She was so thankful that she did not give up.

What are some bird netting companies not telling you about their Bird Netting?

        Many companies sell  light weight extruded netting as their only option for bird netting because it looks like a really good price when compared to higher quality bird netting such as a knitted or a heavier extruded (10 year premium bird netting).  They all come up in the same search for Bird Netting and it looks like one company is selling theirs really cheap.  They are not exactly doing you a favor when they are omitting the facts that some Bird Netting is lower quality and has some limitation.  Most people don’t know that their is a difference & are very disappointed when they get it home, if it is not well suited for the task.   I get a lot of calls from people saying “I need bird netting and I don’t want any of that black plastic crap”.  There is nothing wrong with the 4 year extruded netting.  It has its place, and when used for the right projects its wonderful.  The heavier extruded netting is called Premium Plus Bird Netting and is very popular in commercial vineyards and Blueberries.  the Vineyards are able to drape the product right over the plants.  The blueberry netting should be suspended so that it is not touching the bushes to prevent snagging.
        Pay attention when comparing Bird Netting online as well as in the garden center.  Make sure that you are comparing the type of material, the weight and the life expectancy.
Bird Netting

Bird Netting

Create Your Best Garden Ever in 3 Hours

Create Your Garden in 3 Hours!

Why and who would want to do this?

This method of growing your garden is great for beginning gardeners, people who are short on time, kids, people with limited physical ability and even those of us who love fresh produce but have a very short attentions span. I happen to be in three of those categories myself. Mostly, I’m short on attention span!

Through out my life I have realized that, often times, things that seem real complicated usually have an alternative method that dummies it down. I always look for this method and I think I have found a simple way to jump into gardening. If you start with this method chances are that you will expand and try more advanced technique (complicated techniques) in the years to come. So, go ahead and give this a try this year and see what you think.
Materials that you will need, choices and where to get them?

Materials to find at Local hardware store or garden center:

Bags of soil…6 bags..….$4.00 ea
Fence posts…4 posts.….$5.00 ea
Twine or rope..25ft………$3.00
Materials to order at www.americannettings.com
Trellis netting ………….$12.29
Veggie Booster Mulch…$10.95
Crop cover ……………..$21.95
Tomato Greenhouse……$9.19
Plastic Pins……………..$3.99 or Metal landscape pins $2.49
Zip-ties…………………$13.25 (100ct)

The prices of the items that you pick up at the store will vary depending on the area. Most areas
will have better pricing on these items. The items that you purchase at www.americannettings.com
will have free shipping with orders over $50 and will come to your door. It’s very easy and
convenient.

There is a good chance that you already have some of these materials laying around your property.
Feel free to improvise. For example, instead of buying fence posts you could use the laundry cloth
line in your yard by attaching the trellis netting to the posts holding up the cloth line. You could use
some old wooden posts. Use your imagination. If you already have good soil, don’t buy the bags.
Just mound up some dirt in a row and follow the rest of the instructions.
Make you plan

Decide where you will put the garden

-Will you do one big long 20’ row or will you split it into two 10’ rows
-Will you use a soaker hose, bottle with holes poked in it or just water with hose
-What veggies will you plant?

You can by starts or seeds
Good ones to start with are tomatoes, cucumbers, beans and peas

Instructions based on a time line

Shopping
15 min 1. Get on the computer and order your stuff from American Nettings
15 min 2. walk into a hardware store and ask for fence posts twine and soil
Go where you can get them all in one place, and make them load it for you.

Lay out
10 min 3. Lay the bags out
-Make sure your bags are where you want them before you start cutting them or
you may spill dirt out.

15 min 4. Cut slashes on the bottom side of the bags for water drainage
-Put 3 or 4 long cuts in the bag to allow water to drain out but keep soil in

15 min 5. Roll out veggie mulch on top of soil bag row and tuck edge under

10 min 6. Cut a narrow rectangle on the top of each bag for planting.

20 min 7. Lay the posts out and pound them in the ground
-The posts should end up being about 5’ tall
-This is a good time to lay your soaker hose out if you are going to use one

15 min 8. String the Trellis Netting up from one end post to the other
-Zip tie the netting to the posts and keep it stretched tight (not too tight)
-You may have some extra trellis height just let it flop over. 5’ high is best

30 min 9. Plant all your plants and or seeds

15 min 10. Cut and hang Tomato Greenhouse bags over Tomato plants
-Make them large so you can reuse them at the end of season

10 min 11. Drape the crop cover evenly over the trellis netting row & pin to the ground on both sides

How to care for the garden after you are finished
Now you are done so have a glass of wine and pat your self and any helper on the back. This could very well be your best garden ever.


Some things to remember
1. Don’t worry if it take you a little longer then what is described. Its ok!
2. You will not need as much watering as other gardens need. Check the soil daily and water accordingly.
3. You will not need as much fertilizer so go easy
4. Some veggie plants will need to be encouraged to weave in and out of trellis netting
5. Take your Tomato Greenhouse off when the plants get to about 18inches and start weaving them in the trellis netting. Save Greenhouses
6. You can take the crop cover off on nice days and leave it off when the weather turns warm.
You can also put the Crop Cover back on for harsh weather at any point.
I will be growing my garden in soil bags just like this. Feel free to contact me with any questions


americannettings@gmail.com

Nicole M. Perry