Birds can cause a lot of problems with fruit and nut tree crops, which is why it’s important to protect the tree. That’s why people get tree cages to protect them; however, they are quite expensive and the best tree cages are in Britain.
So, to have an effective tree cage, it is encouraged to build one based on the height of the tree. Get five lodge poles, a large roll of chicken wire, bird netting, two 8’ 1”x 2” boards, tape measure, a hammer, hand saw, chisel, post-hole digger, drill & screws, staple gun/staples, tin snips, heavy thread & embroidery needle, and a tall later.
For this project, you will need these tools and materials:
post hole digger
drill and screws
staple gun and staples
heavy thread and embroidery needle
(5) 8’ or 10’ lodge poles
25’ x 2’ roll of chicken wire
(2) 8’ 1”x2” boards
First, drill pilot holes at the top of the lodge poles and put in a long screw. Next, dig four holes for the posts shaped to line up as a square. Then, make slide support by carving a ½ inch piece in the middle of two 1” x 2” pieces and fit them together to make an X-shape. Climb to the top of the tree with the X-shape and screw in the ends with the lodge poles. It would be good to have a second person there. Staple the chicken wire to the poles and wrap around them at the bottom.
Next, comes the bird netting from over the top and attach it with the thread & needle. Finally, comes the door of the fruit cage, which is optional, but it gives good aesthetics to the fruit tree cage. This will keep the fruit trees safe from the invasion of birds, that will simply pick at them and cause damage.
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