Discussion in 'Grape Growing & Vineyard Forum' started by berrycrush, Jul 8, 2019.
Mine too, SW CT
One marquette vine is starting to turn for me in southern WI
Petite pearl vines are still super green
Yes, very vigorous too. I bought an owl with the bobbing head and it scares them straight. When I mounted it, I thought to myself that a small wind vane would help the head move. Then it dawned on me that there was a clear piece of plastic I found inside the body. And wouldn't you know it, it just happened to fit into a small slot on the back of the owls head. Now its head will turn with the slightest breeze. Gives it a life like appearance and the birds keep their distance.
You don't need net?
I do both, but the birds sometimes can peck the grapes through the mess. This is just added insurance.
I do but its too freakin early in the season still. The Owl and Hawk work for several weeks as long as you move them around every few days.
I'm netted and well into veraison. I'll harvest in a week or so. I have the refractometer ready and calibrated. I make my first test Monday.
I am a big believer in backing up the net with scare device. I use scare tape instead of fake owls, but the idea is the same: scare them off before they have time to ponder how to get inside the net. Last year, only coons and possum got inside the nets to cause any real harm.
I might add some owls if they work that well. The scare tape is pretty good if there is some breeze, but a backup for calm days would be nice.
Cannot wait any longer, bugs are swarming in. Average Brix: 25, PH: 3.2
Nice! Our are just starting to turn - about ten days behind last year
Berrycrush Where are you located?
Washington DC area
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