How to use bird netting

Updated February 21, 2017

Bird netting is mesh or netted fabric that a home gardener places over a vegetable garden. Birds love to eat plants. Nibbled vegetables from a home garden makes them unsuitable for human consumption. Bird netting prevents birds from gaining access to a garden's produce without harming the birds. Using bird netting is a safe and inexpensive way to protect the food grown in a garden.

Place four wooden stakes around the four corners of the vegetable garden. Each stake needs to be six inches away from the plants. The stakes also need to be about one foot higher than the plants.

Hammer the four wooden stakes into the ground about five inches deep.

Place the mesh or netting along the four sides or corners of the garden over the wooden stakes. The netting needs to cover the length of the stakes. Using a staple gun, staple the netting to the stakes along its length. With scissor, cut off any excess mesh or netting.

Cut a piece of mesh or netting large enough to cover the tops of all four wooden stakes. Tie the mesh netting to the tops of the stakes with thin rope or bungee cords. With the detachable mesh netting cover, a person has access to the vegetables by just untying the fabric from one wooden stake.

Things You'll Need

  • Wooden stakes
  • Mesh or netting
  • Staple gun
  • Scissors
  • Rope or bungee cords
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