Re: [gardeners] Apricot thieves!

Ron Hay (
Tue, 20 Jun 2000 06:04:28 -0700

Good morning, Penny,

Thank you for your suggestion. The problem with netting is that our
2-y.o. tree is now about 20' tall, and it would be a real trick to be
able to get netting over a tree of that height, since we don't have a
ladder that tall.

Yesterday, after having lost 8 'cots which were 80-95% ripe, I purchased
a plastic inflatable snake which is about 4' long, and draped it in the
crux of the branches just above the trunk. Score this morning: squirrels
0, Hays 50:)

The birds seem dazzled by the vendor-sample CD Roms that Vivian brought
home from the L.A. Times, so, that, at least, appears to be working.

Let's see how many apricots (Vivian's favorite fruit!) we can harvest
this week:)

Thanks again,


penny x stamm wrote:

> Ron, I happen to use "bird netting" for snow guards in the
> wintertime, to keep the wet and heavy snow from breaking
> branches on certain trees and bushes.  It is made of
> extraordinarily strong, almost invisible black thread, and
> comes in a sheet 14 ft by 14 ft, which can be easily cut into
> any size one might need.  Brand name is  Dalen's Professional
> BIRD-X protective netting for fruit.  3/4" polypropylene mesh.
> It can be used to drape over small trees, for grapes or berries,
> or to tie over cherry trees, for instance.
> Lasts for YEARS.  Simply remove after fruit is finished, and
> store away from sunlight.
> Even today, the cost should be less than $10, as far as I can
> figure out. Nurseries usually carry it.  In a pinch, contact
> Dalen Products, Inc., 11110 Gilbert Drive, Knoxville, Tn, 37932.
> And if it's too late for this year, I would buy it now for next
> year!
> Penny, NY
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