How to Net Fruit Trees

Updated November 21, 2016

Netting fruit trees in important for protecting your crop from birds, bats, wind and hail. Few aspects of growing fruit can be as disparaging as finding animals foraging your produce. Improper netting can cause wildlife harm; it is important to purchase the best materials and build the right frame. Each tree in your yard will need its own frame in order for the netting to reach the ground. Net your fruit trees to experience a bountiful harvest of your crop.

Measure the height and wide of your fruit tree. Add on 6 inches to compensate for the tree's eventual growth. Write down the measurements for material. Leave enough space in the netting for any fruit tree maintenance like picking or pruning.

Purchase frame material from your local hardware store. Bird netting frames can be made out of metal, timber or lengths of polythene pipe. Buy four long pieces for the height and four for the width of the fruit tree based on your measurements.

Place all four posts into the ground. Secure the long pieces with nail glue. If you are building a small frame, construct the frame on the ground and flip it over when all pieces are attached.

Stretch the net across the frame. Use a net with a mesh size of 40mm or smaller. A large mesh size can allow animals to get in and become tangled. Secure the net with rope.

Make sure that the netting falls to the ground and is pegged. Animals will try to creep under the netting and get stuck. Monitor your fruit tree to ensure that an animal isn't trapped within the netting.


Create and entrance by cutting you netting for easy access to the tree. Secure both sides together with rope.


Refrain from using nylon netting, because it can cause serious injury to any wildlife stuck in the netting.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Wood
  • Glue
  • Nails
  • Metal
  • Rope
  • Netting
  • Scissors
  • Polythene pipe
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