How Much Does Bird Netting Cost?
Bird netting is netting that is draped all over an area to keep birds away. It is used in agriculture to keep birds away from seeds, fruits and other plants birds could damage if they are not properly protected. Bird netting is also used to protect fish from predatory birds, and it is also very effective in bird proofing buildings by preventing them from getting through roofs and loading bays.
How much is it?
- On average, plan on spending $5 to $10 for every 200 square feet of bird netting.
- For instance, this popular roll of Easy Gardener 14-by-45-feet netting retails for $20 to $28.
- Lowes.com sells a handful of brands that range from $4 to $13. A 700 square foot roll of netting retails for $13, while a few other brands retail for $5 to $8 for 200 square feet.
- Bird-x.com, a popular bird netting brand, sells a roll of 3/4-inch mesh netting for $58 for a 100-by-14-foot roll.
What is going to be included?
- Depending on the brand, most bird netting will come in a roll, will be non-toxic and UV-treated to make sure it has a long lifespan. The netting will seal off the area, allowing the crops to breathe, allowing moisture and light to get in. Standard nets are going to be made of mesh. Higher-end nets tend to be invisible from a distance.
- Bird netting, aside from preventing birds from getting to crops, can also prevent deer and other animals and pests.
- Common areas that this netting can protect include crops, fisheries and buildings.
- Bird netting is usually strong enough to reused year after year. Store the netting in a clean dry place until the next season.
What are the extra costs?
- The extra cost associated with bird netting is length of the area you are trying to protect. The netting is usually sold by the roll, so the bigger the area you need to cover, the more you will pay for the bird netting.
- You will also pay extra if you hire people to install the bird netting for you, and the price is usually agreed on before the work begins.
- Small landscaping pins will have to be bought separately to make sure the netting is properly secured to the ground. However, depending on the netting, other accessories may be needed.
- Most people decide to build a frame so that the bird netting does not actually come in contact with the plants. This is usually done by draping the bird netting over wooden stakes that are placed at certain intervals.
Tips to know:
- Some people go the chemical route when they try to keep birds from damaging their plants, and the problem with that is the chemicals can damage the plants, making things worse than they were before. It is better to spend a little money on bird netting than losing all your crops to birds and chemicals.
- When buying netting, make sure that it is UV protected and weather proof.
- Although birds can be pests, the Farmer’s Almanac suggests that you remember the benefits of birds as well. “Birds are also hardworking garden allies, munching away on annoying pests like snails, slugs, and harmful insects. Keep this in mind, and you may feel more generous toward our feathered friends.”
- Balloons, specifically Mylar balloons with bright colors or scary faces, can be tied to wooden stakes and placed next to your garden. These can keep the birds at bay, especially if you attach different colored ribbons to them as well. Move them every few days to make sure the birds do not get used to them.
- Other barriers can be built using a wooden frame and materials such as screen or chicken wire.
- If you place wooden stakes around the garden and string fish line in random ways from one to another, the birds will be scared of the wires and not want to find a way through.
- There are more high tech ways to get rid of birds in your garden. Purchase an electronic owl that will make noises (some even move!) to scare away the birds. These can be set to go off every so often or set to go off when any motion is detected.
How can I save money?
- The best way to save money in this situation is to buy relatively cheap bird netting, and to do the project yourself instead of wasting extra money hiring someone to do it for you. Installing bird netting is extremely easy to do and can only take an hour or so if a garden needs to be covered.
- The more netting you buy, the less you are going to pay per square foot. Consider asking a neighbor if he wants to purchase some with you so you can each get a lower price.
- If you are buying in bulk, consider purchasing slightly used netting. Maintain the netting that you use so that you can use it every year instead of having to buy more.