How to Protect Fruit Trees and Shrubs from Birds, Squirrels & Other Pests

How to Protect Fruit Trees and Shrubs from Birds, Squirrels & Other Pests

There are lots of cheap or free methods you can use to help protect your fruit trees and shrubs from pests like squirrels and birds, such as hanging aluminum pie plates or old CDs from the trees branches to scare them off.  You can also buy reflective bird tape to hang from the branches or place an owl decoy nearby to scare away birds.

We have quite a bit of time and money invested in grapes, blueberries, limes, lemons and satsuma trees and its a fight every year to keep the birds and squirrels from stealing most of our delicious crops so I’ve tried all sorts of things to keep these rude invaders away. All of the above methods are helpful in keeping birds and squirrels away from your fruit trees and shrubs, but they’re not foolproof and the critters are smart and get used to these tricks after awhile. I really wanted to cover my fruit trees and bushes completely to keep everything out so we devised these simple domes using irrigation tubing to use as a framework for wildlife netting.

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Save With Edible Landscaping

Fresh fruit and vegetables are a huge part of our diet and they can also be a big part of the budget since it isn’t typically easy to save on produce.  For this reason we always try to grow at least a few things in our garden each year that take a bit of our budget – like tomatoes and potatoes.  Corn is harder to grow for us, but it’s cheap and plentiful when in season and it freezes well so we buy instead of grow our own corn.

My favorite way to save from our own yard though is to strategically invest in fruit and nut trees that lend beauty to our yard and have the potential to pay us back by feeding the family and saving us money.  For example – since we moved to the woods about seven years ago we’ve planted 4 pecan trees, 2 plum trees, 3 apple trees, 2 lemon trees, 3 pomegranate trees and 10 satsuma trees.

Now, it takes about seven years for pecan trees to produce so we’re hopeful that this will be our year with those, but the pomegranate tree shown here in bloom is only two years old, and the satsuma tree (they’re small, really yummy oranges with thin skins) shown in the top two pictures was just planted a few months ago and is already loaded with blooms and tiny fruit.

Do some research and find out what types of fruit and nut trees grow well in your area.  Determine how long it takes for them to produce and make your purchase decisions based on which will give you the best return the quickest.  If you have a small yard you might consider using miniature varieties of fruit trees, you can even grow those in pots on your patio or porch if space is really limited.

We’d love to hear about your tips for growing your own food!  Please tell us about the things you like to grow in the comments below.