How to Select a Garden Net to Protect Crops

How to Select a Garden Net to Protect Crops


Gardening can be a very rewarding hobby. It is so interesting to see the plants that began as seedlings or small saplings shoot up and grow bearing fruit. But there are certain challenges that come with gardening and one such thing is plants. They can come and eat the entirety of your harvest and if you are simply gardening in your backyard, there will not be enough for both you and the birds.

Before you look for protective measures, you need to consider the threats you’re facing.

Maybe it is birds that are coming in search of your fruit trees or sometimes it can be insects that are depleting your harvest. Consider the area you live in and the different climatic conditions you experience. For example, if you live in an area that is prone to hailstorms, this is something that can do a lot of damage to your crops. And if you are in an area with a lot of sun exposure and the crop you are growing doesn’t need a lot, you may need to look for ways to provide shade. A garden net can help you protect the crops against certain threats. There are different types of nets to choose from in the market. For example, you can find garden netting designed to deter birds so that they don’t get to your fruits, vegetables etc. A net to protect your crop from birds will generally have a fine mesh so that birds can’t reach the trees. But this will allow sunlight and rain to pass through.

Insect nets have a finer mesh compared to bird netting

So that the tiniest pests such as aphids can be kept away from your crops. And if you are looking for a way to reduce the amount of sunlight your crops are exposed to, you can consider shade netting. This will reduce the intensity of light reaching the plants which is a great way to prevent heat stress. For hail damage, you can use hail netting that has a strong structure to withstand the impact of hailstones. Check the material for the mesh and the size. For smaller pests such as insects and birds, you will need a smaller mesh. But you need to understand this can limit air circulation and prevent a good portion of light from penetrating through so you need to look for a mesh that achieves a good balance between these two.

Look for high quality materials

When choosing a net as this will contribute to a long lasting garden net that doesn’t have to be replaced frequently. It is important to look for a net that is UV resistant. To know the size of the net you need for the garden, make sure to measure the garden area. You need to consider the height of the plants you need to cover. Sometimes you will have posts or trellises for the plants and the height of these should also be considered. It is always best to err on the side of caution and opt for a slightly larger net as this will ensure your garden is entirely protected instead of leaving any area open.