How do I protect fruit - Knowledgebase Question

Tucson, Ar
Question by ksbrightaz
May 23, 2008
Every year, just about the time our peach and oranges are almost ripe or are ripe, the birds start eating them, sometimes, just one stab by a beak, but the fruit is then a loss. How do I protect the fruit. The orange tree is huge, so I can't cover it. The peach tree is a semi dwarf, but almost to big to cover. Last year we did not get to salvage even one peach! We did get a lot of oranges, although they should have stayed on the tree longer. The birds got dozens! What do I do to deter the birds?

Answer from NGA
May 23, 2008


Covering your trees with bird netting is the best solution. If that's not possible, try hanging shiny objects on the branches of the trees. Shiny mylar tape is sold in garden centers; old CD's work, as do aluminum pie plates or even strips of aluminum foil. Anything that moves and that is shiny will usually deter the birds.

Hope you get more of your harvest this year!

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