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Now that our trees are producing, we have netted the entire orchard in a cage-like structure, as commercial orchards do, to allow for easy access and maintenance. Even in a suburban backyard, it’s wise to net fruit trees to protect them from birds. Net the whole orchard or just individual trees prior to the crop ripening. Choose wildlife-friendly netting that allows pollinators through but is small enough to stop larger creatures such as birds or bats from getting entangled. Keeping nets taut also helps prevent wildlife becoming trapped. Check nets regularly to release any wildlife and remove netting as soon as fruit has been harvested.