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Gardening Australia - - FOOD GARDEN -

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.

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