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Maximize Your Yield with DIY Netting for Strawberry Beds

Maximize Your Yield with DIY Netting for Strawberry Beds

Protect Your Strawberries with this DIY Netting Solution

Do you love growing strawberries but find that pesky birds and other critters always seem to get to them before you do? Protect your precious berries with this easy DIY netting solution. In this blog post, we will discuss why netting is essential for strawberry beds and how you can build your own DIY netting solution to protect your berries. 

Stained finished strawberry cageWhy Netting for Strawberry Beds Is Essential

Protecting your strawberry patch from garden pests is crucial for producing a bumper crop of juicy berries. Using bird netting for strawberry plants is effective in keeping squirrels and other pests away while ensuring you have healthy fruits at harvest time. Additionally, constructing DIY netting solutions using supplies like nets and cedar boards can extend your growing season while reducing hassle. With these gardening hacks in hand, you can enjoy fresh strawberries all year round!

Ideal Time to Erect DIY Strawberry Cagecut wood legs

The most effective way to ensure that you're not dealing with garden pests like squirrels and hungry birds is to build a DIY strawberry cage before the fruit begins to ripen. This gives you ample time to create your strawberry box.

Choosing the Right Mesh Size

To effectively protect your strawberry patch from hungry birds and garden pests, choosing the right mesh size of netting for strawberry beds is key. Opt for a mesh that keeps away pesky critters while allowing pollinators like bees access. Mesh sizes around 1/4 inch work well with most juicy berries. 

Step-by-step Guide to Building DIY Strawberry Plant CageFrame of strawberry cage

Protecting your delicious strawberries from birds and other pests can be hassle-free with a DIY netting solution that is cost-effective and customized for your garden. One of the most effective ways to protect your strawberry patch is by building a DIY strawberry plant cage. 

Step One: Measuring for the Netting Solution

To ensure maximum protection, measure the length, width, and height of your area. Choose a high-quality mesh that is both durable and lightweight so that it doesn't become a hassle to lift on and off during harvest season. 

Step Two: Gather Supplies to Build DIY Netting SolutionFrame of strawberry cage

When building your own DIY netting solution for your strawberry patch, you’ll want to make sure you have everything on hand. In addition to netting and cedar wood for your frame, you'll also need outdoor wood screws, a nail gun, and a staple gun with staples. 

Step Three: Assemble Your DIY Strawberry Cage Frame 

The most effective way to keep pests like squirrels and hungry birds away from your juicy berries is to assemble a cage-like structure with wood as its frame. 

Using a miter saw, we measured and cut the cedar wood frame to size. With a nailer, we created the frame - one for the top and one for the bottom. Then, you’ll want to calculate the height of your cage (in this project the height was 8 inches).  With your nailer, make an 8-inch “L” and attach it with a nailer on all four corners of your frame. Then, drill pilot holes and using outdoor screws, screw in the top. 

(Optional: Use a wood stain and an outdoor polyurethane to protect against the elements and add style.)

Step Four: AttaFrame leg with nettingch Netting to the Assembled Cage

We selected a multi-purpose netting and cut each opening to size. Then from the inside of the box, stapled it taught with a heavy-duty stapler

Enjoying Your Strawberries with Protection

Enjoying your strawberries without any hassle requires protection from hungry birds and garden pests. Don’t forget to regularly maintain the netting by checking for tears so that it can continue to do its job of protecting your strawberries.

Additional Tips for Gardening and Pruning

Maintaining healthy strawberry plants requires regular pruning and fertilizing with high-quality soil. Additionally, mulching helps retain moisture while suppressing weed growth. Monitoring the plants for disease or pest infestations is vital to keep them healthy all growing season long. 

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Eat Your Strawberries!

Finished strawberry cages with PlantsProtecting your strawberries from pests and birds is important to ensure a bountiful harvest. DIY netting solutions are an affordable and effective way to safeguard your plants. With our step-by-step guide, you can easily build a strawberry plant cage that suits your needs. Make sure to choose the right mesh size, measure correctly, and build a sturdy, yet lightweight cage. Now you can enjoy your juicy strawberries without worrying about them being damaged or eaten before you get the chance!

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