Growing cherry trees can be a rewarding pastime for the hobby gardener. Cherry trees can also be raised for harvest. Generally, cherry trees are very easy to grow, however cherries attract birds. Birds may eat an entire crop before any fruit is harvested.
Cherry trees come in two main varieties: sour cherries and sweet cherries. Sweet cherries can be eaten directly from the tree while sour cherries are more commonly used in baking.
Fruits are very attractive to many different types of birds. It may be difficult for the novice gardener to prevent birds from eating their cherries.
Wrap netting around young trees to keep birds away. Netting is lightweight, allowing sun and rain to get through while preventing fruit from being eaten.
An inexpensive solution to a bird problem is to hang pie plates from tree branches. As wind blows through the trees, the plates bang together, scaring birds from roosting.
Gardeners may also consider purchasing a sound system that plays random, loud noises.
Placing fake, life-like owls and snakes around the orchard typically scares away birds. Occasionally moving decoys around the orchards makes them more effective.
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