Growing cherry trees requires a lot of patience, but the reward is worthwhile. As many fruit growers will tell you though, your greatest enemy will soon be flocking to your trees: birds. Birds like starlings and sparrows are notorious for eating cherries just before they are ripe enough to pick. To help alleviate the stress from birds, here are a few simple methods to help protect your cherry trees.
- Put up netting
- Frighten the birds
- Give them food
Cherries have a short growing season which makes them a hot commodity for farmers and customers during the summer months. Unfortunately, birds also enjoy sweet cherries just as much as we do. The good news is that there are several ways you can protect your cherry trees and enjoy the harvest for yourself.