Q. How do I keep birds from eating the fruit on my blueberry shrub?
To keep birds from getting at your blueberries, netting the shrub is usually recommended. Another course of action is to give birds their own food; this is used by many wise fruit growers, along with netting.
Birds love blueberries as much as we humans do and will strip bushes of most, if not all, of your harvest even before they ripen on the bush. The only truly effective way to deter them is by sealing your bushes with bird-proof netting. When draping the netting over the blueberry shrubs, be careful to gather it close at the base of each plant so small winged marauders can't find their way inside to have a feast.
Then enjoy the fruits of your careful labor!
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- Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information Service