[NAFEX] netting support for blueberries--reply

E.C. PASOUR pasour at ncsu.edu
Thu Nov 10 17:21:55 EST 2005

Thanks for the info.
E. C.Pasour, Jr.

mauch1 at aol.com wrote:

>  <<I use plastic netting over my blueberry planting to keep the birds out.
> Is there a pliable plastic pipe that I might use to provide framework
> for the netting. I'm proposing to make an arc over the berries using
> plastic pipes spaced every 10 feet or so to provide the framework. What
> type of plastic pipe would allow me to do this?>>
> I don't know about flexible pipe.  I use the white PVC pipe used for 
> water plumbing.  2 uprights, about 5 foot and a cross member with 
> elbow joints connecting them.  The cross member and elbows are 
> together using the 'glue' used for PVC pipes.  I think the pipe 
> diameter is 3/4 inch and I have a larger diameter pipe in the ground, 
> so I can just 'drop' the PVC pipe in when I need coverage for the 
> blueberries and take them out and store when I don't need them.  I got 
> the inground pipes a little low, so I sometimes have trouble finding 
> the bases, so when I try to remember when I take the uprights out, 
> that I put a stick in to try to mark the holes.  Doesn't work 
> perfectly, but I know someone who has a beautiful permanent cage, and 
> their's doesn't work perfectly either.
> I also found that all netting is not equal.  Some netting has square 
> holes and though it catches sometimes, it isn't terrible to work 
> with.  I had another net where the netting was more like collapsible 
> diamonds.  That caught on everything, was impossible to spread, and 
> was in general a misery.
> Chris Mauchline
> SE PA, zone 6
> 40° 5' N 75° 51'W
> ~650 ft elevation
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