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Shade Cloth as Bird Netting/Insect Screening

Posted by shazaam 7B (My Page) on
Thu, Apr 18, 13 at 13:40

I'm looking for a way to keep birds, squirrels, and Japanese beetles away from my potted blueberries as they begin to ripen fruit. I have a small greenhouse frame that would be easy to cover, and I'm considering using 30% shade cloth since it's durable and relatively inexpensive. I haven't handled any before, though, so I don't have a good sense of whether the beetles could wriggle through the openings (or if they'd even try). Does anyone have experience with shade cloth and Japanese beetles or an opinion as to how well it might keep them out? Someone asked the same question last year, and others recommended tulle. Tulle is my fallback option, but I'd prefer something more durable that I could reuse over many years.

This post was edited by shazaam on Thu, Apr 18, 13 at 13:56


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RE: Shade Cloth as Bird Netting/Insect Screening

It'll keep out the bugs, but the problem is the shade. Your berries won't be as sweet.


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RE: Shade Cloth as Bird Netting/Insect Screening

  • Posted by fruitnut z7b-8a,4500ft SW TX (My Page) on
    Thu, Apr 18, 13 at 14:46

I love my woven black polypropylene 30% shade cloth. It is very durable and snag resistant. After a while there are areas where the weave opens a bit but not enough to let Jap beetles thru.

I read once about a kind where the weave was locked in place by heat. There are also many other kinds of shade cloth both woven and knit.

Some of mine has lasted 30 years covering things like berries. Most berries here, with our intense sun, would do better under 50% shade than anything else. I can't imagine 30% hurting anything anywhere from a light standpoint.

This post was edited by fruitnut on Thu, Apr 18, 13 at 14:50


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