Last year 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'm trying this year. 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 Bells 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.
We are a month in with the garden in and my apple tree had great blooms this year and is full of leaves. There are 3 squirrels in my yard but so far so good - I haven't seen them in my apple tree yet. I don't have any voles in my garden as well. Fingers crossed that this really keeps them away - and they are fun to watch and listen to at the same time.
I will be making this and more things for your garden on my next Live DIY Tuesday, April 18th at 7pm EST, on Hometalk's Facebook page.
Materials I used for this project:
- Large plant hanging S hooks (Walmart or Dollar Tree)
- Fishline (Walmart)
- Bells (Hobby Lobby)