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Name: Cindy Garvey
Valley Center
mountainheifer
Feb 21, 2015 8:26 PM CST
Hi, everyone:

I have two almond trees and two walnut trees. Each is about 30 feet high. Any suggestion for keeping black birds from getting the nuts before I can?

Cindy
Cindy
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Feb 21, 2015 9:00 PM CST
Hi Cindy,

Unfortunately with the height of your trees I doubt there's anything you can do to beat the blackbirds to the harvest! You might try putting out a fake snake or owl (if you can find one somewhere) to see if that will scare the birds away.
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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Feb 22, 2015 4:31 PM CST
I've had a motion detector sprinkler device called a Scarecrow (no kidding) for years. It is the best thing I've found for keeping birds and squirrels off my lychee tree. It even 'sees' at night so raccoons, rats and mice are also sprayed. My tree is about half the size of yours, though, so you'd expect to harvest the nuts from the lower part of the trees and let the birds have the ones up top, I guess. It sprays about 35ft. and up to 20ft high, depending how you stake it into the ground.

They're available on Amazon.
Elaine

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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Feb 22, 2015 4:49 PM CST
Elaine, thanks for sharing that tidbit ... I hadn't even though of the motion detector sprinklers! I googled and found a few places that sell them:
http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=scarecrow+water+sp...
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Havahart-Spray-Away-Motion-Activa...
http://www.lowes.com/pd_419999-74985-27629_0__?productId=436...
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Contech-Electronics-30000295-Scare...
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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
Cat Lover Master Gardener: Florida Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
Herbs Orchids Birds Garden Ideas: Level 2 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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dyzzypyxxy
Feb 22, 2015 6:36 PM CST
It's a great thing, Lin, and I've had mine for at least 15 years. Only problems with it - leaf motion will sometimes trigger it so best to not use it on windy days, and I can't use mine inside the fence perimeter or the cat comes in wet and very annoyed!

Oh, meant to add the 'range' on it also depends upon your water pressure, of course. I noticed mine sprayed one day in a very wimpy manner, and then realized that the rest of the sprinkling system was already running. Usually it's a brisk, noisy spray for about 3 seconds "Tschh, Tschh, Tschh". Very startling even for me! (yup, it's 'got' me a couple of times)
Elaine

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Name: Cindy Garvey
Valley Center
mountainheifer
Feb 24, 2015 9:58 PM CST
Wow! Thank to everyone for your suggestions and comments. I am going to purchase the motion detector and see what happens :)

Cindy
Cindy

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