A couple years ago I was so disappointed – we had limited blooms on our apple tree because of a late winter storm. My tree produced a small amount of apples and of course every critter in the world was going to have them except me. The worst were the squirrels because they would climb it, eat a few bites, and then throw the rest on the ground for the rabbits to eat. I also had voles in my garden which ate my strawberries & tomatoes. I had to figure something out and this is what I tried. I put them up early this spring & so far – no critters plus they look pretty spinning in the sun outside.
You will need:
- Used CD’s
- Fish line
- Large plant s hooks for trees
- Yard stakes for your garden
For my garden: I have 3 garden beds and I added 1 stake to each end of the middle bead (where my strawberries are and tomatoes go). I tied a loop of fishline to the cd and hung it on the stake. I made a second loop of line and added a bell.
For my apple tree: I tied 3 used cds together with fish line. I added a loop at the top and hooked it on a plant hanging s hook. On the bottom I added a bell.
The breeze (and it doesn’t have to have much of one) makes the cd’s spin and when the light hits them it makes a mirror effect. They look pretty spinning around. The bell also rings in the wind and should when something puts weight on a branch causing it to shake.
What I learned… it definitely does help as the animals don’t like the noise or movement. They will get used to them though so I would move them once and a while to change it up and that seemed to help. It wasn’t perfect but it made a huge difference.
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