reluctant to plant fruit in my small yard

Asked March 2, 2017, 5:39 PM EST

Even though my little yard is fenced I have bunnies, front and back. I'd like to plant strawberries or some other small fruit to enjoy. Do you have suggestions for how to deter birds and bunnies from eating what I plant? Thanks for your input.

Baltimore County Maryland

1 Response

You should absolutely grow small fruits, even if you have bunnies and birds.
Barrier methods like fencing (there is actually a wire fence called rabbit fence with smaller openings on the bottom to keep them out) and netting or remay (a fine, gossomer-weight fabric are available for just such concerns. (Don't put it on til after fertilization of flowers)
Take a look here at our small fruits page, including a link to 'best practices':http://extension.umd.edu/growit/fruit-profiles/getting-started-small-fruit

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