I have a pomegranate tree which the birds got to last year and destroyed every pomegranate on it. Being that pomegranates are one of my favorite fruits, I wanted to keep them from the birds this season. So, around late Spring, when the blooms started to form, I went and bought some bird netting to keep the birds out. Problem solved, I thought. For many trees that grow higher off the ground, most of my "crises" wouldn't have occurred, but since pomegranates are lower and shrubbier, I figured out the hard way. I had the netting pulled up around the trunk by the ground and tried to seal all entry points where the two ends met. After yesterday, I have had enough and my days of bird netting are over - the birds can have the fruit!
My first mini crisis occurred when a humming bird had somehow found its way inside the netting and could not get out. It took two of us and over 5 minutes to get it to leave the exit we created. Then there were the large lizards that went to the base of the tree and got hung up in it - and when they get hung, they struggle and get themselves wound up even tighter. I cut about 5 lizards out to freedom. Next was the rabbit who probably came to the base for water after I watered the tree - we got him free. Last week, two beautiful, non poisonous snakes had slithered up into the tree and died after they got wound up in it and pulled the netting tighter and tighter as they tried to get free. Yesterday was the deal breaker as a small chipmunk had his back leg caught and the netting was cutting into its foot as he tried to get loose. I cut him out of the netting, he scampered away, but in some pain, I'm sure. Part of this was operator error I'm sure as I should have got the netting completely off the ground, but some of the "snarings" would have occurred regardless. So, for those of you considering bird netting, maybe consider a different option or just do it a very different way. The fact they sell little "stakes" with the netting means it is meant to be secured to the ground in many cases, but this doesn't so much keep birds out as it acts as a trap and snare for the various critters coming and going on your property. Looks like no pomegranates again this year! Birds win.