This Is Why Some People Put Netting Over Trees

Have you noticed this around your neighborhood?

We put a lot of time and effort in our flower gardens, vegetable gardens and backyard trees. The last thing we want is for all of our hard work go to waste! While it’s fascinating to experience Mother Nature doing her thing in real time (in your own yard, nonetheless), it can be exhausting. Sometimes all the critters running around the yard do more harm than good.

Why Put Netting Over Trees?

It helps protect trees. It takes a lot of time, dedication and patience to grow a tree, so seeing them suffer at the hands of squirrels, birds and insects can be disheartening. One method to help keep these guys out is netting.

It Will Keep Animals Away from Fruit

Find out what kinds of animals (specifically birds) live near you and how large or small they are. With that info, you’re able to find the right kind of netting to keep your fruit trees safe. Netting provides a physical barrier, can be reusable and is environmentally friendly. All things we love to hear!

On the other hand, netting can be expensive and difficult to upkeep if rips and tears are a common problem. If you find yourself on a limited budget, netting may be outside your price range. Not only that, but the manual labor it demands can be an issue as well. Always weigh your pros and cons out thoroughly before making any final decisions.

Learn more about how to grow fruit trees in your backyard.

It’s to Keep the Cicadas Out, Too

As you may know, cicadas are on their way. Netting can help keep these bugs at bay while we allow our budding trees to develop.

When female cicadas lay their eggs, they break a slit at the end of a branch (about six inches deep) and lay their eggs in that slit. Eventually, that piece of the branch will break off completely. While this is usually no problem for developed, mature trees, it can be a big problem for young, growing trees. Using a net with holes no larger than 3/8″ can keep the cicadas from using your trees as a breeding ground.

Other Ways to Keep Trees Safe

Some people opt for liquid bird repellent instead of netting to avoid high costs and labor. Others recommend polyolefin fabric to create a physical barrier between the tree and the cicadas. Avoid insecticide for cicadas, though, as it doesn’t work as well and needs to be reapplied every few days.

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