Netting the vines 2017

It’s that time of year again!  Birds are starting to peck grapes and so we have installed the nets.

It takes most of the morning to stretch the nets out over the vines.  then t takes me about 3 days to close them all up.  Then I wrap the outside layer in a double layer of recycled netting.  This still does not eliminate animal damage, but at least it slows down the birds.  They still peck fruit that is near the netting, and the nets do little to stop raccoons and possums, but the nets can also slow down the deer who jump the fence.

I added some video for you so you can get an idea of the “crew coordination” that is required to lay the nets: