That's tough. The netting enclosure also seems to deter the birds in that they as easily see the fruit compared to the drape over netting where it is more visible when they fly along the row.I'm dealing with around 1/2 acre so the enclosure idea is growing on me. I harvested this weekend and ended up with 10% of the crop. Rough year.
The sewing held up ok. I thought I might be able to reuse the fishing line but the shifting net caused too much weight to be able to pull it back out in one piece.
Hi Maheesh,Accord, that is.
I have some old time red and bronze scuppernongs that I layered and grew. For the last 3 years the deer have been eating these, I thought it was coons to start with until I put up a security system and caught them walking through my yard. Something's always eating something. Any ideas?
I know this is an old thread but I am curious if you have any further updates on this? I've been considering doing something similar in my backyard style vineyard (64 vines in a roughly 20X110 ft area). Any changes to your support system? How has it held up? The smaller size makes overhead netting a bit easier to get going.The sewing held up ok. I thought I might be able to reuse the fishing line but the shifting net caused too much weight to be able to pull it back out in one piece.
The big lesson I learned this season is that the net must be secured to the top wire and have ties straddling the post in order to resist the wind wanting to lift the net off and slide it around the tops of the wires. (In other words, I had a windstorm cause a section to completely detach and blow into the neighboring block!)
I'm still improving the "super-trellis" model to suspend the nets above the vines. However the changes I've made are to (1) space wooden supports every other post rather than relying on a PVC support that can't take sheer forces from wind, (2) use the lighter weight nylon netting rather than the heavier woven style since it can take some tension to prevent sagging, and (3) leave the netting tied to the super-trellis year round while tying together adjacent rows during bird season. I don't have room to store 5 acres worth of netting in the off-season, so leaving it in place solves that problem. However the adjacent row nets must be untied from each other so that snow won't tear them off.I know this is an old thread but I am curious if you have any further updates on this? I've been considering doing something similar in my backyard style vineyard (64 vines in a roughly 20X110 ft area). Any changes to your support system? How has it held up? The smaller size makes overhead netting a bit easier to get going.
I did run wire across the rows at the ends so that the net would be supported there and allow me to tie it to the wire so I could get equipment under the net while it was up.Thanks for the update, looking back at the pictures you posted before it looks like you have support wires running the length of the row but not across. Is that correct? You had mentioned that the smaller mesh in the original netting resulted in fewer birds getting caught, is that still the case with the netting you are using now? I have wondered if getting the net further from the grapes alone would be enough to help with that as the birds might be less tempted by fruit that is further away.
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