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Protecting berries from birds

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -
The blueberries are here! The strawberries have been great, and now the blueberries are coming into season! 

But we aren't the only ones who like blueberries. We've got the sparrows, robins and all different kinds of birds, so there are a couple of different things you can do to protect your blueberries so the birds don't get the whole crop.

The first thing is if you have a small bush or just one or two bushes, it's nice to cover them with bird netting. 

Now to do this, don't just drape the netting over the bush, because every time you pull it off you'll be pulling off berries and leaves and damaging the bush. It's better to put some stakes in around the bush and then put the netting over the stakes. Its much easier to get in to work around the bush. 
 
There are also reflective devices that you can use to scare birds away.  I've got my old Pat Metheney CD over here! But really, anything that is going to reflect light such as CDs, aluminum pie plates, and holigraphic tape can be used. I even hang this scare eye balloon, that believe it or not, looks like a hawk to many birds, so they tend to stay away. 
 
They key with these devices, though, is to move them around so that it looks like the hawk is moving around too. The wind will really help move these reflective tapes! 

The final thing you can do is spray your berries with a sugar solution. Take 4 packets of Grape Kool-Aid, and a couple of quarts of water and then spray that solution on the plants. You can use regular sugar, too. The sugary solution has a flavor that the birds don't like. 

So all of this will hopefully make you have a beautiful berry crop that you can have all for yourself! 

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