Bird netting blueberries

Asked September 15, 2016, 9:06 AM EDT

Hello, we farm in Ontario ,Canada. We have 3000 blueberry plants. We would like to put netting over individual rows each season. Should the net be draped over a support wire and if so, how high should the supporting posts be. Thank You, Sid Vanderwerf

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1 Response

The netting should be higher than what you think the final height of the bush will be. I see 8 to 10 feet as a good height. Just draping the netting over a single wire will result in the netting being entangled in the shoot tips and berries, and pulling a lot of berries off the bush when the netting is removed for harvest. I would suggest draping the netting between wires to try and keep the netting off the bushes.
I have attached a couple of pictures of effective bird netting I have seen.